Merkel ally says Germany has changed course in refugee crisis

By REUTERS
March 20, 2016 16:24

 
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BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government has done an about-turn on its refugee policy and has gradually shifted away from its welcoming culture, the leader of her Bavarian allies told a newspaper.

Merkel opened Germany's borders to refugees last summer and at that time Germans applauded newcomers arriving at the train station in Munich but, as the mood towards migrants has shifted, she has stressed that the number coming needs to be reduced.

"The federal government has completely changed its refugee policy, even if it does not admit that," Horst Seehofer, leader of the Christian Social Union (CSU), the Bavarian sister party to Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU), told Bild am Sonntag.

"There has been a creeping withdrawal from the unconditional welcoming culture. Despite the images from the Greek-Macedonian border no German politician today says: 'The borders are open, let everyone come to Germany'," he added.

Some 1.1 million refugees came to Germany in 2015.

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