It’s fine for President Obama to commend Angela Merkel for her courage in going to Turkey and intervening in the refugee crisis. Americans are not taking any where near the numbers of refugees that Europe is continuing to take. Also remember that Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States are not welcoming refugees.
Angela Merkel and the EU’s policy for dealing with the refugees by giving Turkey billions of Euro and promise of EU membership is deeply unpopular, both in Germany and throughout Europe. Many feel that Turkey will take the money and renege on the deal.
Time will tell. Angela Merkel’s political leadership has been based on caution and incrementalism, now she is taking big and risky steps. Perhaps, Merkel is getting ready to resign?