Speaking on German public television on Sunday, Chancellor Angela Merkel said the policy of open borders for migrants would remain. Merkel dismissed a “rigid limit,” saying, “There is no point in believing that I can solve the problem through the unilateral closure of borders,” according to Deutsche Welle.
“I have no plan B,” Merkel said, adding that she was convinced she was on the right track with efforts to redistribute refugees within Europe, while addressing the problems causing people to flee to the continent: “I am fighting for this approach,” Deutsche Welle wrote.
The chancellor admitted that she was concerned about disputes over migrants within the EU, commenting that a breakdown of Europe must be avoided.
Merkel also said dealing with the migration crisis has been a “difficult path,” but that it concerned Germany’s reputation in the world: “This is a very important phase in our history,” she said.
“There is so much violence and hardship on our doorstep,” she said. “What’s right for Germany in the long term? There, I think it is to keep Europe together and to show humanity.”
The chancellor rejected the suggestion that recent violent protests and open displays of hostility towards refugees could lead to a threat to democracy similar to that experienced under the Weimar Republic. Then, after the loss of the First World War, a three-year period of hyperinflation up to 1924 caused political instability.
“I do not believe that,” Merkel said, but noted that it was important to take such warnings seriously. She said that it was her job “to solve problems so that we can stand by our values.”
Commenting on what she called the “devastating” attacks on women in Cologne at New Year by men said to be of mostly North African origin, Merkel said: “Rules must be clear from the start” to refugees, adding, “Integration isn’t just a voluntary matter.”
Full article: Merkel: ‘I have no plan B’ on migrant crisis strategy – Deutsche Welle (UNIAN)