- Angela Merkel has “firmly” rejected calls to reverse her welcoming stance towards refugees following a series of brutal attacks in the country.
- Taboos of civilisation are being broken,” she said, referring to a series of deadly attacks in France, Belgium, Turkey and the US state of Florida as well as Germany.
- On opening borders to asylum seekers:
“I am still convinced today that ‘we can do it’ – it is our historic duty and this is a historic challenge in times of globalisation,” she said.
Assessment: Angela Merkel to maintain refugee policy despite recent attacks
Angela Merkel has been criticised for her policy on asylum seekers as being the cause for bringing in terrorists and giving ISIS opportunities to strike. Such rhetoric has been used during campaigns to close up borders (Hungary) and promote widespread hysteria of lone wolf attackers being able to enter Europe disguised as refugees. This rhetoric is false. Lone wolf attackers are nurtured within the state they inhabit (Germany, France, US) not because of the identity they have but the one they are being attributed to because of said rhetoric. Being a liberal democracy, it is expected of Germany to cooperate with its European neighbours (Liberal isomorphism). This is no longer the case when some European states would rather keep their borders closed (realism).