In his statement, Obama praised Merkel's refugee policy and mentioned common interests and values of the US and the EU.
"She is giving voice I think to the kinds of principles that bring people together rather than divide them," Obama continued. "And I'm very proud of her for that. And I'm proud of the German people for that."
The magazine criticized him for announcing such small numbers in "a country that has received one million people last year risking its political stability" and noted that more than 1.1 million refugees from all across the world entered Germany in 2015.
According to the magazine, many Germans welcomed Obama when he became President of the United States. However, for many of them he also ‘has become a disappointment'.
"Guantanamo is not closed. Drone wars kill innocent people. America makes the world a subject of total surveillance. Whistleblowers are mercilessly persecuted. Obama has not made the world a better place," the magazine concluded.
However, many German media consider it unlikely that the US President has managed to persuade the German public to accept the deal. Many Germans fear that the agreement may have a negative impact on the food safety as well as weaken public health regulations.