Angela Merkel defends Germany’s open border for migrants
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday defended her open-door policy for migrants, rejecting any limit on the number of refugees allowed into her country despite divisions within her government.
She said there was no ‘Plan B’ for her aim of reducing the flow of migrants through cooperation with Turkey, efforts she said could unravel were Germany to cap the number of refugees it accepts.
According to herself : “Sometimes, I also despair. Some things go too slow. There are many conflicting interests in Europe. But it is my damn duty to do everything I can so that Europe finds a collective way.”
Merkel spelled out her motivation to keep Germany’s borders open without limits on refugees, a goal many in her own country and coalition government openly disagree with. She now faces what she said on Sunday was the biggest challenge of her decade in office.
Germany attracted 1.1 million asylum seekers last year, leading to calls from across the political spectrum for a change in its handling of refugees coming to Europe to escape war and poverty in Syria, Afghanistan and elsewhere.
She is struggling to secure a Europe-wide plan for dealing with the migrants. In this context, talks between European Union leaders and Turkey on March 7th and a migration summit on March 18th and 19th look like the final chance to agree on a joint response before warmer weather encourages more arrivals across the Mediterranean.
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