Merkel’s Open-Door Refugee Policy Brings New Critics at Home and Abroad

German federal police officers guide a group of migrants after crossing the border between Austria and Germany in Wegscheid, Germany, Oct. 15, 2015 (AP photo by Matthias Schrader).
German federal police officers guide a group of migrants after crossing the border between Austria and Germany in Wegscheid, Germany, Oct. 15, 2015 (AP photo by Matthias Schrader).

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has become Europe’s moral voice during the refugee crisis that has seen over 710,000 people fleeing war, violence and poverty arrive at the European Union’s borders so far this year. In a press conference in late August, Merkel said, “If Europe fails on the question of refugees, if this close link with universal civil rights is broken, then it won’t be the Europe we wished for.” In a speech last month to the Bundestag, Germany’s parliament, Merkel re-emphasized her moral view of the worst refugee crisis since World War II—and Germany’s ability to meet its challenges. […]

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