Monday, November 28, 2016

Angela Merkel's About Face

Guess who said this?

It can not be that all the young people from Afghanistan come to Germany.

If you guessed beleaguered German Chancellor Angela Merkel you would be right.

Now that Merkel wants to run for a fourth term as German Chancellor she is seeing more clearly. Her open-arms immigration policy has failed. It caused her political party to decline. Indirectly, it caused Great Britain to exit the European Union. As of yesterday, it looks like France’s next president will be an anti-immigrant center rightist, Francois Fillon. And, of course, the anti-immigrant candidate in the United States won the presidential election over the candidate who wanted to govern like Angela Merkel.

It took some time, but Merkel has finally come to her senses.

The London Express has the story:

The beleaguered Chancellor said authorities would significantly step up the rate of forced returns as she battles to arrest an alarming slump in her popularity which has fuelled a surge in support for the far-right.

Mrs Merkel, whose decision to roll out the red carpet to migrants from across Africa and the Middle East spectacularly backfired, has taken an increasingly tough tone on immigration in recent months.

And in her toughest rhetoric yet the German leader told MPs from her party this week: ”The most important thing in the coming months is repatriation, repatriation and once more, repatriation.”

The stance marks an astonishing U-turn from the once pro-refugee Chancellor, who has been widely pilloried by critics at home and abroad for her decision to throw open Germany’s borders to millions of migrants.

The article continues:

Speaking at a conference of conservative MPs in Neum√ľnster yesterday evening the Chancellor revealed that she expects 100,000 migrants to leave Germany this year, of which a third will be forcibly removed.

And employing a tough new form of rhetoric, she warned local regions to deport all migrants whose asylum applications are rejected, using force if necessary.


Katielee4211 said...

She isn't seeing the light, she isn't doing a u-turn. She's messaging. She knows which way the wind blows and she knows what she needs to look and sound like to have a chance to keep her seat. If she's elected, she'll be back to business as usual.

Anonymous said...

Germany has at least 500.000 immigrants who do not qualify for asylum under any regulation, so Merkel's plan to deport one third of 100.000 is a clear indication that she is in fact planning to do next to nothing about it.


Stuart Schneiderman said...

Points well taken. I suspect that she will have to do something before the election... and then the German people will decide whether they can still trust her.

Ignatius Acton Chesterton OCD said...

Merkel is actually the embodiment of everything in the globalist bailiwick. She likes power. She'll say all kinds of things to keep it, so she can be a member of the "club" that makes important decisions for us, against our interests as citizens. She's rationalized all this through her position to save humanity and the planet. It's actually humorous how transparent it all is.

Sam L. said...

The voters will have to trust her to vote for her. Can they? I would not bet they can, or will.

David Foster said...

If a national leader has the authority to choose to deport or not deport 100,000 people on her own, without any legislative involvement or statutory reference, he or she has too much authority.

The same applies, of course, to the initial admission of these people.

Trigger Warning said...

You can take the girl out of the DDR, but you can't take the DDR out of the girl.

"Ve haf our vays...."

alicegwen said...

My Grandpa taught me to judge people (but especially politicians) by what they do, not by what they say. What I am hearing is that she wants to be reelected.

Will she change her behavior? I doubt it. The German electorate is starting to learn this. There are plenty of others that should have their chance to show how they will untangle this current mess in Germany.

BTW, I don't think it is accurate to characterize the President-elect as being anti-immigrant. He certainly is indicating that he is against illegal immigrants but not all immigrants. I still have some reservations about him, but he has always struck me as being open to immigration as long as they follow the legal requirements.