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Bavaria governor criticizes Merkel's 'we will manage' mantra

  • GERMANY OUT - FILE - In this May 18, 2015 file picture Bavarian governor Horst Seehofer arrives for a meeting of his Christian Social Union party in Munich, Germany. Bavaria’s governor is distancing himself from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mantra that “we will manage” the refugee crisis following several attacks in Germany, including two committed by asylum-seekers and claimed by the Islamic State group. He said Saturday July 30, 2016 : “With the best will, I can’t embrace this sentence. The problems are too big for that and the solutions we have so far too unsatisfactory.”  (Sven Hoppe/dpa via AP,file)

    GERMANY OUT - FILE - In this May 18, 2015 file picture Bavarian governor Horst Seehofer arrives for a meeting of his Christian Social Union party in Munich, Germany. Bavaria’s governor is distancing himself from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mantra that “we will manage” the refugee crisis following several attacks in Germany, including two committed by asylum-seekers and claimed by the Islamic State group. He said Saturday July 30, 2016 : “With the best will, I can’t embrace this sentence. The problems are too big for that and the solutions we have so far too unsatisfactory.” (Sven Hoppe/dpa via AP,file)  (The Associated Press)

  • GERMANY OUT - In this June 26, 2016 file picture Bavarian governor  Horst Seehofer left,  and German chancellor Angela Merkel attend a meeting in Potsdam, Germany. Bavaria’s governor is distancing himself from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mantra that “we will manage” the refugee crisis following several attacks in Germany, including two committed by asylum-seekers and claimed by the Islamic State group. He said Saturday July 30, 2016 : “With the best will, I can’t embrace this sentence. The problems are too big for that and the solutions we have so far too unsatisfactory.”   (Ralf Hirschberger/dpa via AP,file)

    GERMANY OUT - In this June 26, 2016 file picture Bavarian governor Horst Seehofer left, and German chancellor Angela Merkel attend a meeting in Potsdam, Germany. Bavaria’s governor is distancing himself from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mantra that “we will manage” the refugee crisis following several attacks in Germany, including two committed by asylum-seekers and claimed by the Islamic State group. He said Saturday July 30, 2016 : “With the best will, I can’t embrace this sentence. The problems are too big for that and the solutions we have so far too unsatisfactory.” (Ralf Hirschberger/dpa via AP,file)  (The Associated Press)

  • GERMANY OUT - Bavarian governor  Horst Seehofer speaks during a news  conference at the conclusion of the cabinet in Gmund, Germany,  Saturday July 30, 2016. Bavaria’s governor is distancing himself from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mantra that “we will manage” the refugee crisis following several attacks in Germany, including two committed by asylum-seekers and claimed by the Islamic State group. He said Saturday:  “With the best will, I can’t embrace this sentence. The problems are too big for that and the solutions we have so far too unsatisfactory.”  (Angeloka Warmuth/dpa via AP)

    GERMANY OUT - Bavarian governor Horst Seehofer speaks during a news conference at the conclusion of the cabinet in Gmund, Germany, Saturday July 30, 2016. Bavaria’s governor is distancing himself from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mantra that “we will manage” the refugee crisis following several attacks in Germany, including two committed by asylum-seekers and claimed by the Islamic State group. He said Saturday: “With the best will, I can’t embrace this sentence. The problems are too big for that and the solutions we have so far too unsatisfactory.” (Angeloka Warmuth/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Bavaria's governor is distancing himself from Chancellor Angela Merkel's mantra that "we will manage" the refugee crisis following several attacks in Germany, including two committed by asylum-seekers and claimed by the Islamic State group.

Three of four attacks over a week starting July 18 took place in Bavaria. They included the Munich shooting in which an 18-year-old killed nine people then himself; that didn't involve Islamic extremism.

Merkel and Bavarian governor Horst Seehofer, a conservative ally, have long disagreed over her welcoming approach last year to refugees. Merkel repeated Thursday her insistence Germany "will manage" today's challenges, which has irked critics.

Seehofer said Saturday: "With the best will, I can't embrace this sentence. The problems are too big for that and the solutions we have so far too unsatisfactory."