Outraged over devastating effects of Merkel’s refugee invasion, new anti-immigrant party surges in election.
Plus, Merkel has masterminded a “deal” with Turkey, which includes allowing all 75 million Turkish citizens visa-free travel around continental Europe.
From THE DAILY MAIL: German voters turned to the far right in droves yesterday in a damning verdict on Angela Merkel’s open door border policy. In regional elections she was humiliated by the anti-immigrant AfD – Alternative for Germany – party. Formed just three years ago, it has surged in popularity following Mrs. Merkel’s decision to roll out the red carpet for more than a million migrants.
[pullquote align=”left” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Around 110,000 migrants crossed the Mediterranean to Europe in the first seven weeks of this year, according to the International Organization for Migration. Last year it took from January until July to reach that figure.[/pullquote]
Analysts said the regional poll – in which Mrs. Merkel’s ruling Christian Democrats lost two out of three states – was a ‘worst case scenario’ for the embattled chancellor ahead of a general election next year. The timing made it a virtual referendum on Germany’s refugee policy. It will also be seen as an indictment of the failure of Europe’s ruling classes to acknowledge the public’s fears about migration.
Mrs. Merkel’s welcome for arrivals from Syria, other parts of the Middle East and North Africa, has caused chaos across the continent. Initially, the incomers were greeted by crowds of well-wishers. But, faced with the sheer numbers, public opinion soured. And there was outrage when gangs of migrant men were involved in organized sex attacks on women in Cologne and other cities on New Years’ eve.
One by one, EU states have thrown up border fences to stop the flow of arrivals – leading to the slow collapse of the Schengen passport-free zone. Austria is one of several countries to limit numbers in defiance of Brussels.
[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] Mrs. Merkel, who has failed to win support for a Europe-wide quota system to share out refugees, last week masterminded a deal for Turkey to take back migrants landing in Greece. In return, Ankara would be handed up to £3.9billion, EU countries would accept quotas of Syrian refugees from Turkey and all 75 million Turkish citizens would be allowed visa-free travel around continental Europe. [/pullquote]
On Thursday Mrs. Merkel insisted that imposing a limit on refugee numbers was a ‘short-term pseudo-solution’ and that only a ‘concerted European approach’ would bring down numbers.
Germany has attempted to return economic migrants to ‘safe’ countries such as Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro but still risks being overwhelmed.
Last night millions of voters showed they have lost faith in the chancellor’s policies.
The publication of an outline of the migrant deal has raised concerns in the UK that it represents a step toward Turkish membership of the EU. However George Osborne insisted yesterday that the Government would prevent Turks moving to Britain.
‘We have a veto over whether Turkey joins or not,’ the Chancellor told the BBC. ‘We can set conditions and we have made it absolutely clear that we will not accept new member states to the European Union and give them unfettered free movement of people unless their economies are much closer in size and prosperity to ours. ‘I don’t frankly think Turkish accession is on the cards any time soon. We could, if we wanted to, veto it as other countries could.’
(Read more at The Daily Mail)
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