Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel is to take the unusual step of appearing on a talkshow this evening to explain her refugee policy to a sceptical public.
Merkel has put her own chief of staff, Peter Altmaier, in charge of the crisis, but she has yet to signal she intends to change her open doors policy in spite of growing opposition from cities and towns struggling to cope with an unprecedented influx.
Bavaria has threatened to take unilateral action to close its borders after 225,000 migrants arrived between September 1st and October 3 alone.
A poll in Focus showed 97% of Germans were worried about German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s handling of the refugee crisis while support for an anti-immigrant party has increased sharply.
Merkel has misread the situation. This not a refugee crisis. It is a military crisis. The flow of vast numbers of migrants to Europe has been organized. It is a new form of hybrid warfare as EU President Donald Tusk today said. Merkel needs to address the crisis as a military crisis not a humanitarian crisis.
Also, it is not kind to take in millions of refugees if this destabilizes German society. In the same way, it is not kind to plunge in and rescue a child drowning if this means ten other little children are left on a boat without an adult to steer them away from a Niagara-style waterfall and a hundred foot drop.
If Merkel wanted to be really kind to the refugees, she would stop allowing German air force bases to be used for drone attacks in Syria.
The German politicians and public should stop attacking Merkel and start criticising the US and UK governments, who must bear e most responsibility for creating vast numbers of refugees through their wars in the Middle East and elsewhere.
Merkel’s slowness to change her open doors policy may be due to the fact that she decided that she wants a new challenge. According to Bild newspaper, she is interested in the job of head of the UN. So, even if her political career ends in Germany as a result of her open doors policy, she may remain a prominent figure.