The Makings of Merkel’s Decision to Accept Refugees

“…We can do it. Now the same statement is qualified with words like “maybe,” “somehow,” “later” and “hopefully.” Another phrase that’s heard more frequently today is Lügenkanzlerin, or chancellor of lies. Merkel is also in danger of losing the reliable majority she has had for years.

The source, a government official, doesn’t want to be named. He witnessed how Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière and the head of the federal police, Dieter Romann, tried to stop the flow of refugees to Germany. He watched as they tried to resist Merkel, stand up to the mainstream and curtail the energy of enthusiastic volunteers greeting the refugees in Munich, Frankfurt and Cologne.

He doesn’t believe the country has become a better place. “Germany has isolated itself with its refugee policy. The population is polarized and becoming radicalized — not just on the fringes. And we shouldn’t forget that we have hundreds of thousands of people in the country, and we don’t know for sure who they actually are and how they will turn out.” The government abandoned its duties back then, he says, when it allowed a million people into the country, and what has improved? The official then once again insists on anonymity.”