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    Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses a news conference after a meeting over the Balkan refugee crisis with leaders from central and eastern Europe at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, October 26, 2015

    Merkel May Alienate Germany's Left and Right With Refugee Policy

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    While German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party has been able to dominate the country's right-wing politics, she is increasingly becoming stuck between opposing sides of the refugee debate.

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel is increasingly becoming wedged between Germany's left and right in the refugee debate, when it comes to both electoral support and government functionaries, according to Slate France.

    "The volunteers, doctors, translators, or ordinary citizensn accompanying the refugees in their efforts, whose action is essential to supplement the overstretched administration, are beginning to get discouraged. Hundreds of thousands of asylum applications are blocked by bureaucratic meddling, even when there are cases such as Heidelberg, where refugees get papers in 48 hours," Daniel Vernet of Slate France wrote.

    At the same time, there are the anti-migrant populist movements, and attacks on refugee centers by individuals.

    "Over 800 crimes related to immigration were recorded in 2015, four times more than in the previous year. Most often they are not the work of organized gangs or far-right splinter groups, but of isolated individuals, of which 70% were unknown to the police," Vernet added.

    According to Vernet, there is a real risk that Merkel's centrist approach to alienate both the right-wing voters against immigration and the left-wing increasingly disenchanted with Merkel's approach to the issue.

    So far, Merkel has been able to maneuver, negotiating a deal in which Turkey would contain Syrian refugees and deporting refugees from places considered safe. One example of refugees from safe areas is Germany's recent influx of ethnic Albanians from Kosovo, which despite being Serbian territory, is under ethnic Albanian control with NATO military forces deployed.

    Lastly Merkel seeks to convince other European countries to also accept refugees, but this is her one weak point, as Hungary and Poland, among other Eastern European EU countries have risen up against the proposal.


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      People like Merkel will not change unless they absolutely must. Merkel is a traitor to Germany. Even accepting all of the refugees isn't doing anything but giving them false hope. The answer is in getting Turkey and NATO out of Syria and out of the Middle East.
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      Merkel breaks excisting law.The whole crisis is constructed by George Soros NGO's like Pro Asyl etc .. Germany is not the social security office of the whole world !
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      Merkel has been selected because she was the first German to agree to send German troops to a war zone for the US in Afghanistan. She's a neocons' lapdog, and will do whatever the PNAC and Soros globalist tribe will tell her to do.
    • Mother Gorilla
      My distinguished fellow commentators are all correct, but the German reality is dumber than their analyses. Merkel finds this idea of creating a national wave of solidarity 70 years after the end of the war and almost 30 years after the end of the GDR absolutely great. Sometimes Schäuble or Seehofer or someone will tell her that it will be too expensive, then she calls for a slowdown, but when she wakes up after a good night's sleep, she invites more in again.
      In a second iteration then, amused speculating philantropists like Soros wonder how much Germany will be able to take, but that is a sideshow that doesn't get noticed in Germany itself. And in a third turn of the screw, even the left in Germany starts worrying whether this will mean the final end of the welfare state in Germany and an even further reduction in the wage level. Of course, bullying refugees online and in the streets and setting fire to the homes is a despicable answer, but the people have reason to be afraid. Germany has already become a lot colder since 1990. Some communities resort to NUKing the refugees, meaning to put them in sub-standard Notunterkünfte (emergency shelters), hoping that they will move on, that is unfair as well. There is enough housing and more can of course be built for a profit to the real estate capitalists. Both the refugees and the indigenous citizens are the dupes of a policy that operates in nationalist clouds rather than in reality. To then even seek to solve the problem militarily by staying in Afghanistan and getting involved in Syria betrays even more of a loss of touch. Merkel needs to go, the people need to have their say!
    • Blackie in reply toMother Gorilla(Show commentHide comment)
      Hi brains,
      Food for thought.
      One answer to slow down this giant Job centre EU plan, could be to build Job Centres in Africa and the M.E, and let them stay at home, but go to their local Job Centre paid by EU? , to pick upp their money they demand! .
    • Mother Gorillain reply toBlackie (Show commentHide comment)
      Pisotto, good idea, it turns out that refugees create lots of jobs in Germany, but of course, people could also do a turn at Job Center Africa and be off the jobless rolls that way.
    • Blackie in reply toMother Gorilla(Show commentHide comment)
      Our leaders brought them in now they want them put on Job Centre.
      How twisted, and stupid can it get?
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      Abu Babushka al Berlini cannot hide any more that her politics has been conducted in Washington DC with a little help of Turkey's Gollum.
    • Mother Gorillain reply toBlackie (Show commentHide comment)
      Pisotto, they don't know what they are doing up there, so they should step down!
    • Blackie in reply toehoyer(Show commentHide comment)
      True, but it has gone from capitalism to jobcentre-ism.
    • Adrienne Adonis
      Merkel needs to go she is a cancer to her people.
    • Adrienne Adonis
      The migrants need to be sent back to their country of origin. The problem is that the liberal,plan is to make Europe brown ...... That is why the EU leaders are not listening to its people. Because a plan is in place and the European people will suffer for this liberal agenda.
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