Angela Merkel to launch EU aid programme for Syrians on Turkey visit | World news | The Guardian

This is a good article from the Guardian, reporting German chancellor visiting a camp and child protection centre with Turkey’s Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoğlu amid concerns over refugee deal.

Source: Angela Merkel to launch EU aid programme for Syrians on Turkey visit | World news | The Guardian

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?

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Don’t speak German? No residency: Berlin says refugees must integrate in order to stay — RT News

Russia’s top international news agency RT reports that refugees in Germany could lose their permanent right to residency if they fail to learn German and integrate into society, assuming that a new draft law proposed by German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere is put into practice.

Source: Don’t speak German? No residency: Berlin says refugees must integrate in order to stay — RT News

The article examines Germany’s hardening  attitudes to immigration. After the popular welcome to refugees last Summer and Angela Merkel‘s rose-tinted policies, Germans are now increasingly in fear, especially women. Unfortunately, immigration policy in Germany is behind the curve and probably needs a complete reappraisal. Merkel has tried to plug the flow via Turkey but the smugglers are already switching resources to North Africa.

Germany can learn from decades of mistakes by the UK Labour Party that encouraged multiculturalism and reduced the concept of ‘Britishness‘. It’s a far cry from in the US or Canada where people are proud of their national identity.

The article is important because Germany is effectively leading the EU and we are witnessing a sea change in policy.

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