Merkel tells her party Germany will reduce migrant influx

KARLSRUHE: Chancellor Angela Merkel is telling her conservative party that Germany will reduce the migrant influx, saying she's still confident that Europe will pass the "historical test" it faces.

Germany has seen about a million migrants arrive this year. Merkel has insisted that "we will manage it," but some in her conservative bloc have urged a tougher approach.

Merkel told a congress of her Christian Democratic Union Monday that her decision in early September to let in migrants who had piled up in Hungary was "a humanitarian imperative."

While sticking to her approach, Merkel underscored her aim of getting migrant numbers down. She said: "We want to, and will, appreciably reduce the number of refugees, because it's in everyone's interest."