Merkel Lectures Austria: Cap on Migrants NOT HELPFUL for European Solution
** Germany accepted one million unvetted third world migrants in 2015. Germany will accept another million refugees this year.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel lectured Austria this week saying the country’s cap on migrants is “not helpful” for the European solution to the crisis.
Germany said on Wednesday Austria’s decision to cap the number of refugees it will let in and tighten border controls was “not helpful” to German efforts to negotiate a European Union-wide solution to the migrant crisis and ensure Turkey’s support.
Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke during a meeting with her conservative allies in Bavaria, the state bordering Austria that serves as an entry point for virtually all migrants heading to Germany, two members of the Bavarian party told Reuters.
Merkel is under popular pressure to cap migrant arrivals that last year reached 1.1 million, reducing her popularity and fuelling support for an anti-immigration populist party.
She wants to stem the influx by improving conditions at Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan, giving Turkey aid in exchange for a crackdown on people smugglers responsible for the passage into Europe of many of the migrants from that country, and distributing refugees across the EU based on a quota system.
Her efforts have produced little tangible results to calm critics at home, including her Christian Social Union coalition ally in Bavaria who want her to reverse her open-door policy for refugees and shut Germany’s borders.
Public support for German Chancellor Angela Merkel has dropped in the wake of the “Cologne sex attacks.”