Angela Merkel

Merkel vows to stand by refugee policy

Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed on Wednesday to stick to her open-door refugee policy, defying criticism at home and abroad which has intensified due to growing fears about a potential security risk after the attacks in Paris. Conservative Merkel faces splits in her right-left coalition and pressure from EU states, including[…]

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Germany: Walking the fine line on refugees

OPINION by Noah Barkin – Returning from her summer break in mid-August, German Chancellor Angela Merkel raised some eyebrows by describing Europe’s refugee problem as a bigger challenge than the Greece crisis, which had overshadowed all else in the first half of 2015. No one in Germany is questioning her[…]

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Young girl takes on Merkel

OPINION by Geoffrey Aronson – Refugees are by definition unlucky. They have been uprooted from homes and families, suffering the horror and tragedies that befall those tossed like flotsam atop the waves of history. They have lost what much of the Arab world as a whole risks losing as a[…]

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Merkel reduces Palestinian refugee to tears

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has been criticised for reducing a teenage Palestinian refugee to tears after responding to a question on immigration. The video that went viral on Twitter and YouTube on Thursday shows the German leader comforting the girl after telling her that the country could not take in[…]

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Important not to ostracize Muslims: Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke out strongly on Thursday against ostracism of Muslims following last week’s attacks in France, but said it is also urgent for clerics to draw a clear line between Islam and terrorism. Merkel spoke after the German Parliament paid tribute to the 17 terrorist attack victims,[…]

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Merkel tells Germans not to attend anti-Islam rallies

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday warned the country’s citizens not to participate in weekly anti-Islam rallies that have attracted growing numbers of supporters in the eastern German city of Dresden. Merkel condemned the organizers of the protests and said they were driven by prejudices and hatred against foreigners. The[…]

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