Refugee crisis

Berlin Isolated by its Arrogance

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The refugee question is dividing Europe.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    As people flee war and poverty, Europe is divided over how to handle the growing number of people seeking asylum and concern and resentment is growing about Germany’s open-door policy, the author writes.

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    Facts

    In several leading European media, E.U. council president Donald Tusk called for Germany to limit the number of refugees coming to the country.

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Since Angela Merkel’s decision to let in refugees stranded in Hungary at the end of August, 560,000 illegal refugees have come to Germany. The relaxing of the Dublin protocols in dealing with refugees led to an unprecedented influx of people. In September, 141,418 newcomers were processed, in October there were 202,466 and the number rose to 216,000 in November.

The police force issued these figures and they’re based on incomplete controls in the border regions. Not nearly all refugees are being processed there so in fact, the numbers are higher and in particular, the number of refugees from Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and Pakistan rose significantly. More than one third of initial asylum applications are made by men and the majority of them are Muslim.

Polls suggest that these developments are worrying to the majority of Germans and many believe the country has reached its limits. There’s growing criticism of Germany’s open-door policy across the political spectrum, from the CSU to Oskar Lafontaine. Even Jens Spahn, state secretary and a member of the CDU’s executive committee, is accusing the chancellor of “failing the state” and warned, “As a complex modern society with the highest welfare contributions in the world, Germany cannot function if practically everyone can allocate themselves just by crossing its borders.”

Josef Schuster, the President of the Central Council of Jews, has also called for a reversal of Berlin’s refugee policy. Mr. Schuster fears that many of the refugees come from cultures where a “hatred of Jews and intolerance“ are established. He said, “Don’t just think about the Jews, think of the equality between men and women, or attitudes towards homosexuals.” The Central Council of Jews in Germany is calling for a limit on the number of refugees. “Sooner or later we won’t be able to avoid reaching an upper limit,” Mr. Schuster warned.

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