The chancellor is toning down her “friendly face” approach to refugees flooding Europe and Germany. The smiling selfies taken with young refugees are old news. Now Angela Merkel, who famously declared last year that “we can do it,” must say precisely what her country can actually do.
She might be on a first-name basis with her refugees, but now is the time for straight talking. She doesn’t use the German formal “you,” but rather the informal, like a German teacher speaking to her students. You go back “to your homeland with the knowledge you have gained from us” – victory and peace assumed.
The “guardian angel” chancellor is a thing of the past.