Merkel’s humanitarian approach to the refugee crisis has failed, declares German media. The countries of the European Union have abandoned her idea of an “open-arms migrant policy”, preferring to re-seal their internal borders and re-erect fences to prevent an inflow of refugee into their territories.
European countries have apparently rejected Merkel’s open-arms approach to the refugee crisis, according to German magazine Der Spiegel.
In many parts of Europe, it says, borders are being re-sealed and fences re-erected in opposition to the idea of equally distributing the refugees around Europe.
“Merkel now finds herself isolated at home and abroad as conditions worsen for asylum-seekers,” Christiane Hoffmann stated in her opinion article for the magazine.
The author referred to the events of September 5, 2015 when Austria and Germany threw open their borders to thousands of migrants from the east, predominantly from Syria.
“September 5 seems like an eternity ago and yet we are still confronted with the same images today as we were back then,” the journalist says.
“In recent days, thousands of refugees have once again been stranded along the Balkan route, and this time they are being held back by border fences. Desperate men, women and children can be seen camping out in central Athens. And this time there are images that Merkel had hoped to avoid last September: images of a Europe that is placing its bet on partition and deterrence. These are images of defeat for the German chancellor. Merkel’s humanitarian approach in the refugee crisis has failed,” she states.
The German chancellor is being criticized for radicalizing her own country, while “importing terrorism, crime, anti-Semitism and homophobia” in other European countries, like Hungary.
When a politician experiences a policy failure, the journalist says, their power is jeopardized. They must decide whether to jettison those policies or relinquish power.
“Merkel appears ready to put her power at stake with her open arms approach to the refugee policy,” she finally stated.
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