Merkel: Germany Strong Enough to Handle Migrant Influx – WSJ

This is an interesting read from the WSJ. It reports that in her New Year address, German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed confidence that the country could face the challenges stemming from a record influx of migrants.

Source: Merkel: Germany Strong Enough to Handle Migrant Influx – WSJ

For me, Angela Merkel has been a formidable political leader. One criticism has been her slow decision-making style. Strangely her decision to bring in a million Syrian refugees was surprisingly rapid. Clearly, she was deeply moved by the refugees plight but one wonders if this formidable lady let emotion cloud her judgement. For so long, Germans have regarded Angela Merkel as a safe pair of hands.

Germany will be an interesting country to watch in 2016, ahead of the federal election required before October 2017.

One response

  1. An interesting article from Dr Alf, this time from the Wall Street Journal.

    Angela Merkel, in her red Mrs Thatcher lookalike power top, looks and probably sounds confident about Germany’s ability to absorb and utilise the 1 million Syrian refugees inclusive of economic migrants.

    Probably, Germany can absorb them and temporarily resolve its demographic problems, the concern is not the 1 million who are here already but the new arrivals who may be trudging Westward as we speak.

    It is in the future, long after Angela Merkel has moved on, that the trouble will begin.

    As German industry automates to compete more effectively and become more globally competitive and flexible, these migrants and refugees will no longer be needed and by that time, there will be their children to contend with.

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