German Chancellor Angela Merkel states that the biggest challenge facing the German people today is Islamic extremist terrorism.
Merkel, extremely unpopular in her country with Germany’s far right for her open door policy that allowed over a million Muslim immigrants into Germany, gave a New Year message and told the German people that “2016 has been a year of severe tests, the toughest of them Islamic extremist terror.” However, she stated Germany is stronger than terrorism and the government will do everything to ensure security in freedom.”
Twelve people were killed in a Christmas market attack in Berlin on December 19 and the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for that massacre. ISIS also claimed responsibility for the two attacks in Bavaria over the summer in which the terrorist attackers came to Germany as asylum-seekers.
In her New Year message, Chancellor Merkel tried to defend her open-door policy by saying it was important for Germany to help those who really need protection.
Merkel touted how her country’s democracy and values are the opposite of “the hate-filled world of terrorism.”
“We are stronger together. Our state is stronger. Our state is doing everything to guarantee its citizens security in freedom.”
Merkel calls for “an open view of the world and self-confidence, in ourselves and our country” while she attacked the “distorted pictures of the European Union and parliamentary democracy.”
Chancellor Merkel is running for a fourth term and expects her toughest campaign yet with so much right-wing opposition due to her liberal immigration policy.
German Chancellor Merkel says refugee influx is “tomorrow’s opportunity,” calls for solidarity in New Year’s speech https://t.co/32jM6pe8WF
— Mark MacKinnon (@markmackinnon) December 31, 2015
H/T: Daily Mail
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