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    Germany's Left Party blamed the US for destabilizing countries in the Middle East through interventions and regime changes. The party called on Berlin to put an end to arms export and remove US bases from Germany.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s big plan to tackle the refugee crisis will only hurt migrants without addressing the root cause of the problem, which is the US' destabilization of Middle Eastern nations, the opposition Left Party said.

    Merkel’s coalition of Christian Democrats and Socialists hammered out a package of general measures to address the rising flow of migrants on Sunday night. Around 20,000 asylum seekers arrived in the country over the weekend, with a total of 800,000 expected in 2015.

    In a position paper presented to the German parliament on Monday, the Left Party accused the United States and its NATO allies of destabilizing countries in the Middle East through interventions and regime changes.

    Dietmar Bartsch, the deputy chairman of the left-wing faction in the parliament, said at Monday's press conference he had "no sympathy" for regimes in the Middle East, but added Germany and its allies should avoid making "mistakes" that lead to people being displaced.

    He pointed to wars in Syria and Iraq that created a vacuum of power and forced thousands of people to flee the encroaching Islamic State forces. Most recently, Germany has been providing weapons to Saudi Arabia, which is bombing rebel positions in Yemen.

    "I can tell you that the next flow of refugees will come from Yemen. Today's arms exports create tomorrow's migrants," Bartsch emphasized.

    "Western countries led by the United States have destabilized entire regions by allowing the creation of terror organizations… Murderous gangs like the Islamic State (IS) have been backed indirectly and supplied with weapons and funds by countries allied with Germany," the position paper said.

    The Left Party’s domestic policies spokesperson, Ulla Jelpke, said Monday that the "[Merkel] coalition’s current package of measures piled together different points that will hurt refugees, rather than do them any good."

    She said the package created additional barriers for refugees fleeing conflicts in the Western Balkans "under the cover of refugee aid."

    The Left Party said it had formulated its own 10-point plan on tackling the root causes of the ongoing migrant crisis that included an end to arms exports, no more participation in NATO-led wars and removing US bases from German soil, as well as increasing Germany’s contribution to the World Food Program for Syria from 162 billion euro ($180 billion) to 500 billion ($558 billion).

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