Germany’s Merkel Blamed for Worsening Migrant Crisis

Germany’s leader Angela Merkel has been criticized for her handling of the migrant crisis. (Image: European People's Party/Flickr)
Germany’s leader Angela Merkel has been criticized for her handling of the migrant crisis. (Image: European People's Party/Flickr)

If people think the migrant crisis in Europe is out of control now, then they’ll being getting a shock about what’s to come and some fingers are being pointed at Germany for helping to create the problem.

As it is at the moment, the EU is struggling to cope with the current influx – i.e. 8,000 people per day – with many of them wanting a new life in Germany.

Recent agreements on how the EU’s 28-member nations will share 120,000 refugees are now recognized as being redundant given it’s expected that a million refugees and migrants are expected to arrive in Europe by the end of this year.

“It is clear the greatest tide of refugees and migrants is yet to come, so it’s clear that we need to correct the problem of open doors and windows,” said Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, after an emergency summit wrapped up early Thursday morning.

“Now the focus should be on external assistance to refugees and countries at our borders,” he said according to the Independent.

“Today we are talking about millions of potential refugees trying to reach Europe, not thousands,” Tusk said in further comments reported by the Express.

“It is likely that more refugees will flow towards Europe, not less. Especially as almost all of them feel invited to Europe.”

See conditions on the Greek island of Lesbos where refugees and migrants just keep coming in this video:

The other challenge the EU faces is that the migrants themselves are deciding where they want to go which is mainly to Germany whose leader, Chancellor Angela Merkel, is being roundly criticized by many for encouraging migrants to come to Europe.

“Indeed, such was the Chancellor’s enthusiasm for Germany to become a migrant magnet she was berating other member states which dared warn it might not be a good idea to invite all of the Middle East and North Africa to Europe,” wrote Pat Flanagan for the Irish Mirror.

“So along with IS and Bashar Al Assad and the other despotic regimes, Merkel must bear a responsibility for the border chaos,” he stated.

“It is shocking and dangerous that tens of millions of EU citizens cannot depend on leaders like Merkel to make rational decisions in their best interests and who are instead caught up in emotional landslides triggered by photographic images,” Flanagan said in relation to media coverage of the crisis, most notably the photos of a Syrian toddler whose dead body washed up on a beach in Turkey.

See why migrants and refugees like going to Germany:

Merkel herself has now called for an international approach to tackle the crisis.

“Never before, since World War II, have so many people been fleeing than today,” she said on Thursday according to Business Spectator.

Merkel pointed out that there are an estimated 60 million refugees around the world.

“We only need this number to understand that we don’t simply face a German challenge, or just a European challenge, but we are dealing with a global challenge that requires each region, each country, each political level, each institution to make its contribution to tackle the crisis. This includes everything, and everything must go hand-in-hand,” Merkel said.

A poll commissioned by Focus magazine indicated that 48 per cent of Germans didn’t support Merkel’s “open doors” policy and that only 41 per cent were backing it reports Bloomberg.

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