A New Year message from German Chancellor Angela Merkel will reach a wider audience this year as one of the stations broadcasting the speech announced Wednesday that it would offer subtitles in Arabic and English.

State-run broadcaster ZDF will offer Merkel's annual speech online with subtitles in Arabic and English shortly after it airs at 7:15pm (1815 GMT) on Thursday.

Of the more than 1 million asylum seekers who arrived in Germany this year, a large percentage have fled conflict in the Middle East.

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