REFUGEE POLITICS

A Fallen Guardian Angel

Berlin, Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel (CDU) empfängt am Montag (27.10.2014) die Präsidentin der Republik Chile, Michelle Bachelet, mit militärischen Ehren.
A chancellor in trouble.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Growing opposition to welcoming refugees in Germany is forcing the chancellor to reconsider the open door and open borders.

  • Facts

    Facts

    • Germany came across as harsh for its tough stance in the euro-zone bailouts. But in its charity to hundreds of thousands of refugees, it earned admiration from many.
    • Chancellor Merkel posed for selfies with young migrants outside a refugee camp, and the welcoming images went viral.
    • One of her biggest critic has been Horst Seehofer, head of the Christian Social Union, the Bavarian sister party to Ms. Merkel’s CDU.
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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.

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