BERLIN – Angela Merkel is holding her annual summer news conference Thursday at which questions over her government's policy on migrants and security are expected to dominate.
The German chancellor has faced criticism from opponents for her muted response to four violent attacks that shook the country over the past 10 days.
Two of them — an ax attack near Wuerzburg wounding five and a suicide bombing that injured 15 in Ansbach — were the first in Germany claimed by the Islamic State group. Both of the attackers were killed.
In two other attacks — a mass shooting in Munich that claimed 10 lives, including the attacker's, and the stabbing of a woman in a restaurant in Reutlingen — the motive is still unclear.
All attackers but the Munich shooter were asylum-seekers.