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Merkel’s response to the refugee crisis has made the situation worse

14 September 2015

3:27 PM

14 September 2015

3:27 PM

Having, effectively, unilaterally ripped up the EU agreement on how to handle refugees, Germany is now desperately trying to re-impose the rules. At the start of this month, Angela Merkel’s government declared that any Syrian who could reach the country could claim asylum in Germany. This was contrary to the Dublin Convention of 1990 which set out that refugees should seek asylum in the first EU member state that they arrive in.

Predictably, Germany’s actions led to a huge surge in the number of refugees trying to reach the country. The volume of people coming is now so great that Berlin has had to put in place controls on the Austrian border. It is also saying that it won’t accept refugees who have been fingerprinted or admitted in another EU state. In other words, it wants the Dublin Convention to apply once more.

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This U-turn reveals how ill thought through Merkel’s policy on refugees was. But the problem is Merkel can’t unsay what she said. Her words and actions in the past few weeks will lead to more people putting their lives in the hands of unscrupulous people traffickers. The tragic consequence of this is that more lives will be lost.

Statesmanship involves the ability to think through the consequences of your actions. Merkel has spectacularly failed that test in her handling of the refugee crisis. She has made a dire situation even worse.

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  • jim

    Stupid cow.

  • Joseph Gates

    Merkel is an irresponsible and dangerous leader. She has sacrificed the German people and culture for her sick and twisted benevolence. She claims the refugees will assimilate and create income for Germany’s welfare system due to Germany’s lower birthrates. How twisted are these lies when these “refugees” are sucking Germanies welfare system dry, at the German taxpayers expense. And now she wants to impose Germany’s nightmare on the rest of Europe. If it is really about needing young workers, why not look at the indiginent populous from the rest of Europe with similar culture and western values. She is truly a disgrace. When will the German people rise against this suicidal mess she has created.

  • sebastian2

    Merkel is the Sorcerer’s Apprentice on this. She’s ineptly conjured a situation now beyond her. It will need very firm action to put it right. Difficult to know where that will come from, but it surely will.

  • Copyright101

    The crisis is itself a creation of Merkel and other ‘leaders’. They aren’t making it worse, they’re making it – period.

  • robertbrowne

    Every day she remains in power the situation get’s worse. Her running to Turkey is another sign of her abject failures. Does she really think Erdogen will help her? It needs to be made crystal clear to Turkey that they will Never be part of the EU.

  • Greg

    the biggest problem with Merkel is she loves Putin!!! She refuses to stand up to Putin and thus encourages him to expand more. Europe is at a terrible place in history today with Merkel as leader. France by the way is no better. Europe will cease to exist soon if these leaders are not replaced. there is no future with Russia calling the shots all the time.

  • Bob

    Merkel got played by Erdogan in Turkey.

    Turkey’s leadership is politically committed to regime change in Syria and its fortunes hang on it. Erdogan went critical in recent elections losing majority – and now wants rerun of elections to get a majority rather than coalition.
    Erdogan saw mid east war fatigue in US with Obama, and also in EU, settling in and needed to bring Syrian issue back onto table as ‘crisis’. Result – let all the displaced Syrians that had previously been contained in Turkey for five years in refugee camps flood out into Greece. It was deliberate Turkish policy to open Turkey’s floodgates in mid 2015 – indeed if want to see how much this is government policy – corrupt Turkish officials are now openly selling inflatable (but not seaworthy) craft to migrants in coastal Turkish regions. It was Turkish ploy to get Syria back into EU headlines and force EU to intervene with Turkish desired (military) ‘safe zones’.

    And Merkel, the schmuck, fell for it completely, instead of calling it out and aiding Greece’s EU border integrity, she went for the moral high ground without joining the dots. Now Merkel has split the EU into west and east, and is profoundly compromised over Turkey’s long desire to join the EU, despite its lack of credentials. There is also the not too minor issue of setting the EU on collision with Russia.

    Ironically all this comes at same time as Merkel’s decade in power anniversary, and recently she was getting the usual gush about success and being Europe’s leading politician – but she walked right into this Turkish generated and cynical disaster and it will ultimately define her.

  • Dave Taaffe

    Her own people hate her, but due to the old guilty complex tool from ww2, people fear saying the truth. She has messed up big time, and now she rides the now awakened the sleeping tiger, and she now fears getting down from its back. Her own party are gathering the sticks to shove her off….

    • robertbrowne

      She was good with das geld but this is now an existential crisis, one that these leaders have created for their peoples and Merkel is entirely unfit for this crisis. Her logical mind is weakening her she has little emotional intelligence. This is a job for a lady McBeth and someone needs to screw up their courage and focus on the sticking point. This is no time for humanitarian , PC nonsense. The barbarians were at the doors and our leaders response has been to invite them in. They have been weak beyond belief. Our own leaders are our enemy too.

  • caver38

    Merkel is accountable for the migrant problem and should end up in a court of law .
    The EU and the UN need to be re-organized or dissolved and all politicians made legally accountable for their decisions and actions .
    The UN has failed in its primary job of maintaining peace in the world

  • uk legislation

    When we the affected individuals form a substantial bloc, and when even the doubling of an economy might not make a significant difference to the happiness of our children, we might well resist. SUPPORT HUNGARY and demand resignation of Merkel

  • somewhereinthesouth

    Merkel has fuelled the sense of entitlement that may of these so called refuges have . [Most had long ago reached a place of safety – if not a place of comfort ]. She cant unsay what she has said about taking 800,000 and the pictures of Germans clapping migrants on arrival in Muncih will have further fuelled the desire of migrants to leave wherever they come from…. [ and many aren’t from Syria ]. The sense of entitlement of these migrants is such that they are now rioting on the Hungary – Serbia border to get their demands met. On that basis alone these people [ who “only want to reach a place of peace” ] don’t look much like model citizens to me .Germany and Sweden may come to regret their largesse. Croatia is now doing an Austria and will “wave through” the migrants on to the promised land i.e. Germany. Never mind the asylum rules ; as always with the European states [ UK excepted ] very few obey the so called EU rules if expediency dictates otherwise.

    The EU has made monumental hash of the migration crisis just like the Euro debt crisis, Ukraine and Bosnia/Kosovo [ the refugees / migrants should have been dealt with and processed at source in spacial camps and the navy/army used to discourage traffickers and return people travelling by boat to Turkey, Lebanon and Libya etc ].

    Merkel has made the problem even worse…..Not satisfied with trashing Greece over the Euro debacle , she now wants to do it to the rest of the EU, by sharing out a potentially biblical number of migrants SHE encouraged in the first place . The Brussels/Germany/EU show has shown it cant be trusted to manage coracle across the Rhine let alone act decisively or sensibly on the war in Syria and of course the consequent and predictable migration. No way should we be letting significant numbers of these migrants into the UK – we have enough already. Merkel of course is committed to freedom of movement in the single market so once they have their papers , unless the rules are changed, many will eventually turn up here. Plus ca change .

    • EnglandLaments

      In response to the article, clearly Merkel has behaved stupidly and irresponsibly, whilst the plucky Hungarians are being vilified for doing the right thing and for trying to maintain the existing laws as enshrined in the Schengen and Dublin Agreements.
      Anyhow, I have a German friend at work and at lunch today, he told me that migrants in the camps in Bavaria have started complaining because breakfast is served too early (07:00) and dinner is also served too early (18:00 when they prefer to eat later). Talk about ingrates! Talk about a sense of entitlement!
      Merkel has created a disaster across central and SE Europe and she should be kicked out of office for it! Indeed, a petition has been started in Germany for that very purpose – to demand Merkel is sacked!

  • WarriorPrincess111111

    Enough is enough! Every single EU member country is complaining! I am not referring to the phantom immigrant situation – I am referring to the huge amount of misleading propaganda that is being issued from the EU, no doubt from the uncrowned queen herself, who was trained and was leader of the Propaganda Council of Germany (Read Merkel’s biography). Every single day we are being besieged with this immigrant issue, every single media outlet in the UK – newspapers, radio stations and the television – will each tell you that the immigrants are not refugees but are benefit seekers – then, the next day, those same papers, will each inform you that the immigrants are ‘refugees’ seeking safety from tyranny in their own countries in an attempt to try to illicit the sympathy of the nation.
    In the UK, there is a very wide usage of web sites – in particular, facebook, twitter etc., British people are enthusiastic amateur photographers and enjoy nothing more than being able to be the first to report certain headline incidents. In addition to this, the British travel widely – every port, every Airport, every station and every area in the EU. So how is it that with all these so very common immigrant situations all over Europe, there is not one personal experience reported, not even one photograph – from any British person?
    The pro-immigrant protest march in London? Was anyone there? Where are their reports?
    Even the Lorry drivers through Calais have now gone quiet??
    The press released photographs show numerous people they refer to as ‘refugees’ all well dressed, in European? clothing and carrying expensive modern personal belongings? Those shown on the borders of Hungary are carrying placards pleading their plight – all clearly written in the English language?? Not in Hungarian, not in Arabic?
    Whatever the purpose of this lunacy, it does not look good either way for the EU. Those who believe the media and have sympathy for ‘refugees’ are annoyed that the EU allows this to happen, those who are incensed at the supposed number of ‘refugees’ are annoyed with a weak government, and those who just are fed up with the continuous propaganda pouring out from the EU, wonder if there are any leaders left with a brain.
    Has the EU now served its purpose – whatever that was, is it, I pray hopefully – to be disbanded , buried and never heard of again?

    • EnglandLaments

      The BBC and Sky News have been appalling in the past couple of weeks. The UNHCR states that 75% of those invading Europe through the Blakans are young men – yet this is not reported on the broadcast news, who concentrate on the few women and children amongst them – yet when actual footage is shown of migrants scurrying across borders or getting on trains, we can see with our own eyes that they are predominantly young men! Also, Frontex reports that only 38% of the migrants coming through the Balkans are in fact Syrians – you can draw your own conclusions from that!

  • Pawel66

    Then, Merkel and Schultz proposed “quotas” , to be able to move “excess” emigrants to other countries, independently on whether they wanted to be moved or not. They did not mention what would be the selection criteria for those who could stay in Germany versus those who will be forced to move: Skills, ethnic or political profiles, documented past? Neither they discussed how to assure compliance with the decisions of the EU “redistribution courts/comissions”.
    No surprise that the proposal was a non-starter for Eastern Europe, that still remembers forced movements of people in 1939-1947…

  • Jaria1

    This situation proves beyond all doubt what a bunch of incompetant fools we have who are supposed to be dealing with this terrible happening.
    The person dealing the problem most sensibly happens to be Cameron in spending money on providing services in those camps rather than allowing more and more into Europe which is a foreign land to them and changing the identity of the European countries identities for the worse.
    Syria wont be inthe State it is for ever and there will be a time coming When its safe for them to return home.

    • Harryagain

      The fact that all these migrants are in Europe will prevent Syria from ever recovering economically.
      Ir is doomed to remain in poverty/chaos for the forseeable future.
      The one fleeing to Europe are the very people it would need to recover.
      Left behind are the dregs. (The very ones Cameron is proposing to bring here.)
      Useless in Syria, useless over here. They will be a financial drain on us for the rest of their lives.
      All over one stupid faked up photo of a people smuggler’s son.
      Just shows how brain dead Camoron is.
      As they won’t speak English (being uneducated, only the wealthy get educated in Syria) they will end up in a ghetto of similar people/Mus lims where they won’t integrate and kids will grow up into little jihadists.
      As happens right now.
      But our government can’t even learn from hard experience.
      They will use up social housing, their kids will disrupt education by not speaking English and use up benefits money.

      But none of this will affect Cameron, they aren’t coming to a place near him.
      The campaigning leftie luvvies want to spend other people’s money, typical socialists.

      • Jaria1

        Your time would be better used and your comrades best pleased if you spent more time explaining away some of the mad and traitorusv idea your new saviour has.
        Out of all of the European leaders Cameron has come up with the best solution.
        Wheras members of your own party talk of 50.000 ,the greens 250.000 etc Cameron has committed us to 4.000 per annum for five years.
        The fault here is squarely with the UN. And the EU it shows them not fit for purpose.We are supposed to be a civilised nation so Cameron has spent foreign aid money making camps properly habitable. Or would you rather he copied Merkle?anything the man does is used as an attempt to bad mouth him. The idea is backfiring I for one am not a big Cameron fan for reasons ive posted on this board but will speak out when the lefts policy is to criticise what ever he or his tem do. As I said you should clean your own house out before criticising other.s

        • Harryagain

          I only want migrants that are useful to us. Who apply to come here in their own countries and we can verify their staus.
          No parasites, dregs or jihadists.
          Refugees can come but go home when their country is safe. If they marry/have kids, their spouses/kids go back with them.

          And deported for crimes. Instantly.
          (Their families can go with them if they want).

          And no muslims. This dangerous cult needs tobe banned. I have read their handbook, it’s worse than “Mein Kampf”

          We should be supporting Assad.
          Ran the country how it needs to be run. These people are dangerous cultist.

          • Jaria1

            Id go along with most of that although there are some Muslims that are happy enough to respect our laws and traditions and id always hoped that away from the evil influence of their Imams and with access to a free media there might be more.
            Im not sure about Asaad because ive always believed him to be little more than a figurehead of hard liners who appeared on the scene when his father died.

          • Jaria1

            I am trying to keep my mind flexible as this immigration situation develops and opinion shifts.
            That refugees from a civilised country are being pushed from pillar to post with no plan in sight is intolerable. What little faith i had in politicians and the organisations they have created has completely disappeared. Merkle in reality the President seemingly cannot have consulted with other heads of Europe and taken the course of action she has and Juncker cannot order countries in the EU to accept a quota. The result of this can be seen in Italys protests who have absorbed so many they fear for their traditional Catholic signature. There have been several countries that have allowed too many immigrants in only to find a decade or so down the line that their leader or President is from another country. Its even forecast to happen in the UK.Unfortunately a true Muslim is required to strive for a Muslim to head the country in order to ensure that sooner rather than later that religon becomes the National religon in fact as weve seen the only one where people even the original residents have to conform to its Koranic law.
            My son is more au fait with the bible than I and he tellls me that Muslims will come to Europe in their hordes in order to impose their religon. Could this influx be what the bible refers to?
            What do we do about that ?
            I can only suggest that they are disenfranchised, as it is they occupy far more public posts than their numbers would normally expect them to have. That i assume to be due to out of every 10o Muslims, 99 vote and vote for their muslim Candidate whereas the local might amount to 40% spread out between several differen parties.. The conclusion is therefore obvious.
            What are our politicians doing about what must be the biggest threat to Europe . So what can be done about these poor refugees , mostly Muslims!
            Only one answer is to create sufficient safe havens to accommodate them as close to their countries as possible.
            If it needs force it has to be worth it unless you are prepared to accept the alternative conclusion

            • Harryagain

              This invasion of migrants is all planned. By ISIS to subvert us from within.
              None should be allowed into Europe. They are an alien culture that is totally inimical to our own.
              They should go to Saudi Arabia.
              Ask yourself why they don’t.
              And what would happen if they tried to force their way in.

              • Jaria1

                Its one way to look at it Harryagain but i dont see these Muslims volunteering to come and face the conditions that they are facing. Also as some politicians do point out ince youve settled this lot in there will be another lot following and not just from Syria. Once the rest of the world get to know that they can resettle in Europe it will be millions.
                I do ask myself why they dont go to Saudi or Oman where i m told there are brand new tented cities standing empty. Are they the wrong sect or something.
                .
                Anyhow you are right any more Muslims would cause irreparable damage for our kids to have to face up to. Their religon obliges them to creat a Muslim State. Which as we see yhey will do at any opportunity.
                Im not being Islamophbic here i just want Europe especially UK. To remain ss it is,
                If they tried to force their way into Saudi my guess is there would be a blood bath their Police and army are quite different to European police.
                I really cant think of anything else other than Safe Havens for them .
                European countries cannot take anymore permanent refugees in without losing their identity

  • somewhereinthesouth

    The EU is undemocratic and is becoming just a German racket. First the Euro . This keeps thier exchange rate low and enables them to sell more [ and lend more] to its neighbours and others. Germany has a big surplus with the world [7% and rising] and the rest of the EU. it should be boosting growth to import more from its neighbours but it isn’t. Anyone who gets in to economic /financial trouble [ in part due to German led monetary policy i.e. excess credit created in countries lie Spain Ireland and Greece by the ECB setting low rates primarily for German economic benefit ] is told by Merkyl – get your house order, cut spending ,raise taxes or else we will pull the plugs. This of course lowers growth and revenue and makes debt repayment harder. What is more The so called generous bail outs [ actually loans ] have to be paid back and of course were designed to protect the German [ and to some extent French ] banking system.
    Now we have the migrant crisis. Merkyl , perhaps because of war guilt , or maybe because she was trying to reach the moral high ground after helping to trash Greece etc [ I say helping because the Greeks were doing a good job themselves ] , invites 800,000 refugees/migrants to come to Germany [ most seem to be well educated young men ] perhaps amonst other things , to boost their declining population. This population rise will surely happen not least when they bring their wives and kids . This unilateral policy pronouncement was of course directly undermining the Dublin agreement [ and ignored the rules and the fact that refugees [if thats what they all are] were already “safe”]. it was at least consistent with Germany’s so called commitment to free movement of labour – which they need of course to provide enough workers to supports its ageing and declining population .

    When the flow became the predictable deluge, Germany then unilaterally closed its borders. Now they want others to “take” a share these refugees/migrants because THEY cant cope despite encouraging them . But when Britain says look we have too much immigration and we cant cope – oh well thats different free labour movement must stay …..The rest of the EU didn’t for vote for Merkyl but she is calling the shots and making mess of it project ….in the end the EU will either collapse or become superstate . Either way we should have nothing to do with it but trade.

    • Harryagain

      German highway banner.
      “Your children will pray to Allah or die.”

      http://www.jihadwatch.org/2015/09/german-highway-banner-your-children-will-pray-to-allah-or-die

    • Guilttripjunkie

      How do you know most are ‘well educated’ as they have no documentation? In truth we don’t even know how many are Syrian. I would suggest many are mere draft dodgers. The pro mass population movement is trying to portray these new arrivals as potential assets. I think this is untrue.

    • Harryagain

      The EU has predictably failed at the first hurdle.
      What a bunch of t0$$ers!

  • Damaris Tighe

    It’s being reported that a young native Danish girl & her muslim jihadi boyfriend knifed her mother to death after she spent hours watching IS beheadings online. He was in fact her second jihadi boyfriend. They were intending to go to Syria together.

    If this doesn’t demonstrate how demonic this influence is, nothing will. Amongst the people fleeing Syria there will be more influences like this. For some, watching these videos simply horrifies; for others – like this girl – it mesmorises & demonises. The muslim movement into Europe isn’t just inconvenient. It’s importing a darkness that we can scarcely comprehend.

  • TheMontanaMan

    Germany and Europe recovered from Hitler, they wont recover from Merkel.

  • Jackthesmilingblack

    I read in the alternative media that the US is going to accept Syrian refugees. Figures of 1,000, 1,500 and 10,000 are being bandied about. But the clincher is that Obama has said they are going to Republican states.
    Jack, the Japan Alps Brit

  • Sue Smith

    Oh, but who’d have thought???????

  • Johnny Dangerous

    Merkel needs to resign – somebody with a platform should start a multilingual petition – I guarantee it would become the largest petition in history – 10s of millions would sign within days.

  • Hippograd

    How can having a warm heart and a passionate commitment to compassion ever be wrong? Angela Merkel is living up to the very finest traditions of so-called Europe.

    • Johnny Dangerous

      Wow, you’ve taken naivety and turned it into an extreme sport

    • Ivan Ewan

      I didn’t realise she was doing it with her own money and settling them on her own private land, with the offer to provide her own paid police forces who would have to deal with the troublemakers trying to turn the place into a new little Caliphate.

      To offer to spend that much time, effort and money without picking the taxpayers’ pockets instead, is truly remarkable.

      Oh wait, she didn’t, did she? You’re just being stupid.

      • Hippograd

        I agree entirely: I was parodying a lefty’s response. Having a “passionate commitment” to equality, justice, narcissism, etc is very lefty.

        • Ivan Ewan

          Oh right. Sorry, I didn’t recognise your name at the time. Written sarcasm, well, you know.

          • Hippograd

            It’s hard to tell, particularly when the writing is short and you’re reading fast.

  • Zarniwoop

    #welcomerefugees ? oh a week later it’s now #notsowelcomerefugees

    Simple minded woolly thinking on an emotional level does not make for lasting policies

  • Old Fox

    Merkel – together with much of the German political class – has been exposed as unfit to play a leading role in the world. Long ago, her country took the decision to retreat from world affairs and rely on the military and diplomatic protection of Anglo-America, whilst allowing France to run the lesser Western European show. This experience has been no sort of training for the position in which Germany now finds itself, as it rises once more to an unexpected prominence. What a tragedy it would be if – from the usual Teutonic mix of naivety and theory – this strange nation were once again to bring Europe to its knees; and yet, precisely this scenario remains a clear danger.

    • Hamburger

      I would dispute only one point, Germany never retreated from world affairs because Germany never had any interest in world affairs. It was Prussia which tried and failed, and in the end paid the ultimate price. We now have Herr Steinmeier who has told the world that Germany is now prepared to take on more responsibilities. As far as I can tell, this extends only to handing out copies of his speeches whenever a crisis occurs.

      • Damaris Tighe

        Germany as a unified nation was late on the European scene. While other European countries were building empires Germany was still a patchwork of statelets. As you imply, Germany was unified under Prussian leadership & coveted an empire to compete with those of other nations. Modern German history seems to be the result of playing catch-up on the international scene – of a ‘Johnny come lately’ trying to prove that it’s a player.

        • Hamburger

          Prussia dominated Germany politically until 1918 to such an extent that you could say that Germany was a sort of Greater Prussia. Hitler tried to build on it in his manic way which resulted, amongst his many other misdemeanours, not only in the destruction of Prussia but also the destruction of the Prussian diplomatic and governmental class. The rest can be seen today. There is a good book by Christopher Clark on the rise and fall of Prussia which I can recommend.

          • Damaris Tighe

            Thanks for this. You might like to look at Timothy Snyder’s books on Europe if you haven’t already.

            • Hamburger

              Thank you. I do.

              • Damaris Tighe

                There’s a review of Snyder’s latest book in this week’s magazine section.

                • Hamburger

                  I am a bit behind, I am still reading last weeks.

  • David B

    Predictable and predicted

  • WarriorPrincess111111

    Love the caricature!

  • PaD

    Sutherland

  • PaD

    Google Peter Sutherlan/ homogeneity

  • Jacques Strap

    How many Syrian migrants does it take to screw in a light bulb?

    Just one.

    How many Syrian migrants does it take to screw up a whole country (continent)?

    Ask Angela Merkel in a month or so…

  • Holly

    She has indeed changed Germany and Europe forever.
    Human rights lawyers are going to have a field day.

  • Jacques Strap

    Mad as a mad thing.

  • Evan Thomas

    This is all about the EU integrationist/globalist agenda:

    http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2015/09/09/un_special_envoy_warns_europe_of_endangering_schengen_treaty/1170518

    Europe is described as a “dying continent”. There is a very big question about whether the anti natalist effects of public policy and commercial mass popular culture in the last fifty years were deliberate – designed to bring us to this place..

    • Hamburger

      Methinks the lady doth protest too much.

  • http://www.ukipforbritain.co.uk/ ukipforbritainwebsite

    Did she make this ‘mistake’ on purpose? It’s curious how in many ways the influx of millions of pro-EU refugees is beneficial to the European Union. Replace the old voters with new ones = public obstacles to EU enlargement removed.

  • Chamber Pot

    Hamburger,
    Join us and tell the German people all to sing the same Lied and remove these incompetents and destroy this ugly woman ‘ Europa’ who threatens us all with her arrogance and the opening of old wounds and ancient hatreds.

    • Hamburger

      How kind of you to ask. I will start once I have sorted out all these refugees which have suddenly arrived in my doorstep.

  • Harryagain

    Somebody sent me this description. By a Polish reporter.

    “Half an hour ago on the border between Italy and Austria I saw with my own eyes a great many immigrants …

    With all solidarity with people in difficult circumstances I have to say that what I saw arouses horror … This huge mass of people – sorry, that I’ll write this – but these are absolute savages … Vulgar, throwing bottles, shouting loudly “We want to Germany!” – and is Germany a paradise now?

    I saw how they surrounded a car of an elderly Italian woman, pulled her by her hair out of the car and wanted to drive away in the car. They tried to overturn the bus in I travelled myself with a group of others. They were throwing faeces at us, banging on the doors to force the driver to open them, spat at the windscreen … I ask for what purpose? How is this savagery to assimilate in Germany?

    I felt for a moment like in a war … I really feel sorry for these people, but if they reached Poland – I do not think that they would get any understanding from us … We were waiting three hours at the border which ultimately could not cross.

    Our whole group was transported back to Italy in a police-cordon. The bus is damaged, covered with faeces, scratched, with broken windows. And this is supposed to be an idea for demographics? These big powerful hordes of savages?

    Among them there were virtually no women, no children—the vast majority were aggressive young men … Just yesterday, while reading about them on all the websites I subconsciously felt compassion, worried about their fate but today after what I saw I am just afraid and yet I am happy that they did not choose our country as their destination. We Poles are simply not ready to accept these people – neither culturally nor financially.

    I do not know if anyone is ready. To the EU a pathology is marching which we had not yet a chance to ever see, and I am sorry if anyone gets offended by his entry …

    I can add that cars arrived with humanitarian aid – mainly food and water and they were just overturning those cars …

    Through megaphones the Austrians announced that there is permission for them to cross the border—they wanted to register them and let them go on—but they did not understand these messages. They did not understand anything.

    And this was the greatest horror … For among those few thousand people nobody understood Italian or English, or German, or Russian, or Spanish … What mattered was fist law… They fought for permission to move on and they had this permission— but did not realize that they had it!

    They opened the luggage hatches of a French bus—and everything that was inside was stolen within short time, some things left lying on the ground …

    Never in my short life had I an opportunity to see such scenes and I feel that this is just the beginning.”

    • 2trueblue

      You should write to a mainstream newspaper with your observations. But perhaps some would not wish to hear of your experience, but it is never the less of value.
      I find what Merkel has done to create chaos in central Europe terrifying. The trouble is she and her countrymen now want us all to sort out the chaos that they have created.

    • Damaris Tighe

      Thanks for posting this. It really does seem to be an invasion/colonisation by aggressive, entitled young men. True refugees don’t behave like this – they’re battered, broken & grateful. We should be very afraid.

      • Harryagain

        I have tracked down the source.
        Interesting reading for you I think.
        The above plus more.

        http://www.infowars.com/muslim-refugees-chant-allahu-akbar-fk-you-attack-citizens-throw-feces/

        • Damaris Tighe

          Thanks Harry. Truly shocking. My father & his family were refugees. Believe me, that didn’t behave like that or anything approaching that. When I was a child there was still a feeling in our household that we had to mind our p’s & q’s because we were slightly foreign.

    • TrulyDisqusted

      Where did they get the faeces from?

      Did they group squat and shî t in their hand for the sole purpose of smearing your bus, or is some enterprising Pakistani selling little bags of political faeces for this purpose?

      I agree with the majority of your post, but I’ve read so much propaganda that embellishments now leap off the page and instead of filling me with rage, make me ask why the author needs to embellish an already chaotic situation?

      It’s always the old who get dragged from their cars by their hair by mobs…. presumably the mob is too scared to manhandle a 38 year old from his car, maybe he had big teeth or they didn’t like the colour?

      Yes, they are an unruly mob, yes they have no place here, but please stick to the facts. Of course, unlike you, I wasn’t there, everything you claim could be true… so tell us please, where did they get the faeces?

  • DennisMcScumbag

    All part of the Karlegi plan. Of which Merkel is a prize winner.

    • Hamburger

      What is the Karlegi plan? And who is he?

      • Chamber Pot

        It is all about the destruction of European nations through mass non-European immigration.

        No more Goethe, Shakespeare, Mozart, Leonardo…..A kind of Euro-goo that is easily pushed around by elites.

    • Harryagain

      Well it’s either that or they live in Lala Land.

  • lukelea

    It’s called creating a moral hazard, a criminal offense in many countries.

  • Guest

    Can all that sand in the middle east not be used to make a bunch of islands similar to the ones in Abu Dhabi or those swanky new airstrips the Chinese have put together? The don’t have to be shaped like palm trees.
    Seriously though,I still think the best option would be for the ‘UN’ to try and buy some land in Africa or central Asia. Something about the size of Wales,get Saudi to chip in.

    • Hamburger

      Do you have an idea where in Africa? Are you sure that the natives will be friendly to the idea?

      • Guest

        Put the word out that the ,lets say,UN would like to purchase x amount of land for x amount of money and see if anyone bites.

        • Hamburger

          Cop-out!

  • The Masked Marvel

    Nigel Farage was still wrong and racist to say this would happen, right guys? Guys? Hello?

    • Johnny Dangerous

      Many liberals would define you as racist for even noticing that – put your hands over your ears and eyes and shout “Corbyn, Trotsky, Refugees not migrants” 100 times per day

  • Evan Thomas

    This is happening because very powerful and influential forces want it to so that they can drive forward an EU integrationist/globalist agenda:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-18519395

    • The Masked Marvel

      Who have also not thought through the consequences beyond how it will make them feel better about themselves.

      • Evan Thomas

        I am afraid that this is not about stupidity or a desire to feel good about themselves.

        They are knowingly and deliberately doing this to build the post national “new Europe”..

    • Hamburger

      No it is happening due to stupidity.

  • Cyril Sneer

    So could someone let the Guardian and the rest of the loony left know as they still maintain the opinion of ‘let ’em all in’ despite the rather obvious reasons as to why that would be a really bad idea.

    Sorry I forget we now live in a world where only raw emotion dictates our border policy.

  • Freddythreepwood

    Mrs Merkle is doing a wonderful job, looking after our migrants. The people of Calais are particularly grateful and are hoping to see an exodus in the general direction of Germany soon. Such unilateral generousity is much to be admired and I am sure the German people, famous as they are for their tolerance towards minorities, will be eternally grateful. We can share with them their delight, having just been through it ourselves, when our much loved Labour government decided it was time we had our noses rubbed in diversity. How we laughed!

  • itdoesntaddup

    Ich weiß nicht, was soll es bedeuten,
    Daß ich so traurig bin,
    Ein Mädchen aus alten Zeiten,
    Das kommt mir nicht aus dem Sinn.
    Die Luft ist kühl und es dunkelt,
    Und ruhig fließt der Rhein;
    Der Gipfel des Berges funkelt,
    Im Abendsonnenschein.

    Den Schiffer im kleinen Schiffe,
    Ergreift es mit wildem Weh;
    Er schaut nicht die Felsenriffe,
    Er schaut nur hinauf in die Höh’.
    Ich glaube, die Wellen verschlingen
    Am Ende Schiffer und Kahn,
    Und das hat mit ihrem Singen,
    Die Loreley getan.

    • Damaris Tighe

      Eh?

      • Hamburger

        Heinrich Heine.

        • Damaris Tighe

          Thanks!

          • blandings

            Blimey – It’s getting a bit intellectual round here.

            • Damaris Tighe

              I’m still sticking to Terry Pratchett.

              • explain this

                What about J B Priestley.

                • van Lomborg

                  Damilola Tamarind might never have heard of him.

              • blandings

                Very wise!

      • itdoesntaddup

        http://ingeb.org/Lieder/ichweiss.html

        Die Lorelei – a German folk song that tells the tale of a female siren who attracts a boatman onto the rocks of the Rhine.

        • Damaris Tighe

          Ah – apposite.

        • smspf

          The odessey of Herod Antipas could come into it at a later stage.

    • Freddythreepwood

      Easy for you to say!

      • itdoesntaddup

        I’ve sung it.

    • Martin Adamson

      Blimey, that’s the worst case of spellchecker autocorrect I’ve ever seen!

    • blandings

      I prefer my poetry in Latin.
      So much classier

      • Hamburger

        Our melodies are better-

        • MaxSceptic

          But use fewer tubas.

        • blandings

          Used to be!

          • Hamburger

            Than the Romans?

            • blandings

              Those Romans could blow a mean tune

    • Chamber Pot

      Koblenz ist schon. Vielen Dank.

      • Hamburger

        Schön bitte.

  • Hamburger

    Mrs Merkel has always been regarded, unjustly, as a safe pair of hands here, she seems to have blown it finally. Her policy has always been to sit every problem out until it goes away. Admirable until one doesn’t, at which point she appears to panic.

  • DavidL

    Was it only last week that the bien pensants were urging Cameron to be more like “Mama” Merkel? Yep.

    • 2trueblue

      Quite so. Merkel opened her mouth and forgot to connect it to her brain.

      Cameron has hit the nail on the head by declaring that those form refugee camps must have first priority. of course the vacuous press/TV stations were busy lauding Merkel without actually thinking and looking at the facts.

  • Muttley

    Predictably, Merkel is now insisting other countries deal with the migrants she invited in. No other country should agree to take migrants until Germany has fulfilled its promise to take 800,000.

    • Hamburger

      To be fair we never said we would take 800,000 refugees. Our politicians said that there would be 800,000 applicants and today Mr Gabriel increased the number today to 1,000,000.

      • Muttley

        I’m not sure that is the message would-be immigrants took from Merkel’s pronouncements. Judging from the numbers swarming to Germany, they took it at face value. What an irrational way to handle a crisis – do the one thing guaranteed to make it worse.

        • Hamburger

          I agree with you wholeheartedly. See my comment above.

      • WFC

        Indeed you didn’t.

        Your government didn’t put a number on it. ISTR that the phrase used was “compassion is not limited”, or words to that effect.

        • Hamburger

          Our government are busy trying to put the genny back into the bottle

          • WFC

            By leaving Austria holding the baby?

            • Hamburger

              And Hungry.

      • Frank

        Beirut doing its best to increase that to 2.5m.

      • Guest

        Can you get them to apply from outside Europe please.

        • Hamburger

          I will ask, I cannot promise.

    • WarriorPrincess111111

      Don’t be silly! Syria alone has another 20 million potential EU immigrants! Then there are all the other African countries as well. How many people can you fit into a mini car? How many people can you fit into the UK?

  • masso saydis

    Could it be Berlin is clearing Munich of migrants before the start of Oktoberfest.

  • The_Missing_Think

    Such extreme irresponsibility should result in instant relief of duties. No debate.

    Completely unit for the job.

    The West has become an unfunny joke.

    • Damaris Tighe

      Any sane polity would relieve her of her duties. But Europe is no longer sane.

      • The_Missing_Think

        Most of the Western world has lost the plot.

        I’ve seen madness in the real world. Not one sufferer, didn’t brutally crash like Icarus.

        Not one, out foxed reality. So what happens when the West lands? Which it will.

        • Damaris Tighe

          Hopefully by that time I’ll be so in my dotage I won’t notice. I’ll just dribble over my hot milk.

          • The_Missing_Think

            You’d best hurry up, Merkalus is the pilot…

  • James B

    Angela Merkel has no one to blame but herself for the mass of migrants now heading Germany`s way it was irresponsible for a leader of any nation to open its borders & publicly announce to the world anyone that makes it to Germany we`ll take in! And now Germany is being overwhelmed & it`s cities can`t cope with the influx, But anyone with average intelligence could have forecasted the outcome, Not only Syrian refugees are heading Germany`s way but thousands of people from many other nationalities most of which are economic migrants & looking for a better life, Angela Merkel & the people of Germany are learning the hard way that no matter how Nobel the gesture or cause you can`t solve all the world’s problems & there`ll always be Countries somewhere in the world where bad economies exist or conflicts happen and there`ll always be people wanting a better life but opening your borders is not the answer as Merkel has found out.

    • Jens Tebest

      I would like to add that she did it on her own like any good absolutist monarch would have done.

      There was no debate in the parliament. There was no asking the people. There was simply she and a microphone and the damage was done.

      • Hamburger

        It does remind me a bit of the opening of East Germany. If you remember there was a press conference about opening the boarders, which had been planned to take place some time later. The speaker, whose name I forget, was asked when it would take place and, as he had no further information replied “immediately”. The rest is history. Mrs Merkel, amusingly, spent the whole evening in a sauna and missed all the excitement.

      • Freddythreepwood

        I suspect the good Frau has become all puffed up with EUism. It was typical EU to decide that the migrants would be accepted and then distributed by diktat. No consultation. No agreement. Not so much as a meeting of the sovereign, repeat, sovereign nations of Europe to decide on a policy. And we are still waiting for some Brussels based genius to tell us how they intend to get the migrants to return to Greece, Italy and Hungary, where they were so happy.

        • Jens Tebest

          In my head i can already see the european Newspapers showing pictures of Auschwitz deporations when the first refugees have to be relocated from germany to greece, ungary or italy.

          And the refugees will be sooo happy… These guys dont want to come to greece. They want to go to germany “where we are accepted like we are” “Where we get houses” “Where germany pays for us” “Where are jobs for everyone” These are actual quotes from refugees. The human trafficers have an effective marketing while our counter propagandists act with theire hands tied behind theire backs because they are not allowed to damage the “good reputation” of germany as such a “humanitarian and progressive nation”

          Fuck our government!

          • Freddythreepwood

            I know how you feel, Jens. We have been putting up with this same nonsense at Calais for years. And the French telling us that it is our problem, that we must take them because ‘they want to go to England’. And when we tell them that they are France’s problem, ‘because they are in France’ the mayor of Calais calls us racist. I suppose it’s why we love the EU so much!

            • Gilbert White

              Serious here we could we have huge camps of fit young men working with our Engineer Corps in the Highlands grading roads for camp cot and basic calories. They will be safe till they are ready to return. Ditto in the South but for sea defence work.

      • 2trueblue

        Quite, and our TV and press, and some idiot politicians were lauding her as the fiasco unfolded.

      • Makroon

        I don’t think so.
        It has the fingerprints of Gabriel all over it.
        IMHO, it was a coalition deal, with the SDP stitching up the naive Kanzler – all that talk of “correcting the German demographic issue” and such tosh. Would love to know what a cross-section of German opinion thinks.
        Pretty unlikely to get that from Spiegel.

        • Hamburger

          I disagree, Frau Merkel is not that naïve and is known for her irrational decisions.

        • Jens Tebest

          I dont believe for a second that Gabriel is able to manipulate Merkel. Merkel is a horrible chancellor and a quote bad politican, from the point of view of a citizen who has to live with her nondecisions.

          But she is one of the best power-brokers and power accumulators behind the seats that we currently have on this planet. The way she silennced all oppsoition in her party is simply scary. She not only learned from Kohl she far surpassed him.

          Unfortunally her skills arent in administration therefore she fails and fails and fails, but her populism saves her in the eyes of the voting-livestock. I rarely have seen a more opportunistic oriented politician then Merkel. I cant remember a SINGLE topic where she has a opinion thats final. She is able to say something, see that the crowd is of different opinion, turns around and tells the media look at all the people behind me while now screaming the credo of the loud masses. Pure populism, zero arguments zero substance.

          Its next to impossible to force her to take a stand. I never have seen a more apt description then the name “Teflon-Merkel” that came out from the leaked american diplomatic post a few years ago. So absolutely fitting.

          And i fear that she will be, again, a candidate for the CDU in the next elections 2017. If thats the case and she wins, or we get a leftist government i will emigrate to either australia or canada.

    • Grace Ironwood

      It seems that things will have to get far worse yet to finally wake everyone up.

      One can only hope that suicidal nature of our leaders’ worldview finally makes its impression in electorates across Europe.

  • Jez

    “This U-turn reveals how ill thought through Merkel’s policy on refugees
    was. But the problem is Merkel can’t unsay what she said. Her words and
    actions in the past few weeks will lead to more people putting their
    lives in the hands of unscrupulous people traffickers.”

    Bravo!

    Merkel has plunged her nation into the unknown. Single handedly! She shoulf be hauled up in court and prosecuted.

    A stunning display of a Eurocrat in action.

    And the there’s Junker.

    • Swarm of Drones

      Calm down soldier. Difficult tasks require a measured, flexible and effective response. The Anglo-German partnership is delivering that.

      • Jez

        Are you on drugs?

        • Swarm of Drones

          Ok, ad homs is all you have in response.
          Are you interested in resolving the issues at hand, or not?

          11 million citizens cannot just leave a country without trace and without that country imploding as a result.

          • smspf

            11 million refugees are supposed to fill the Lebanon and Turkey whilst we bomb the living daylight out of Assad and IS, you see. Does that make sense?

            • Okinami

              Will Jez go and consult Jezza before responding?

            • opnyrhrts

              drones

          • Chamber Pot

            I don’t think Jez’s comment is an ad hominem attack on you by any means.

            Anybody who can describe the death and mayhem caused by this foolish decision has to be on some sort of bad acid trip.

            Only in another dimension could Merkel’s actions be described as ” measured, flexible, and effective “.

            She has bankrolled snakeheads and been responsible for perhaps hundreds of deaths, and people like you share the blame for encouraging her.

            • Paddy

              How much is she being given for each migrant?

              • WarriorPrincess111111

                Depends on how much profit there are in arms sales.

            • van Lomborg

              Four years.

              That is the time hundreds of thousands of Syrians have lived in tents.

              • awesomesauce

                Pizza service! Complimentary coke on the house.

                • Omallet

                  Are you on drugs oops sorry you mean a fizzy cola

                • noot!noot

                  I think he delivers drugs but I could be wrong.

              • artemis in france

                What has happened in Syria is not the fault of the West. If we had a similar problem what would we do? Flee to North Africa and demand help in an ungrateful manner? No, we’d stay and fight, and I certainly don’t think men would largely desert the weaker members to save their skins.

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                • van Lomborg

                  Point out to me at what point I was fingerpointing like you.

                  I do not CARE about whose fault this is, not yet, what I care about is the response to a crisis, now. Not tomorrow, now. Not in a week or month or year’s time.

                  Now.

                • Baron

                  Come on, artemis, get real, most of them flee because what’s on offer here: a suitable accommodation, juicy welfare, a job in a civilised environment. And once they settle down they can always demand sharia and all the stuff the mufti said a proper Muslim needed to gratify Allah.

              • Sue Smith

                So, now they’re loitering with IN-tents!!

              • Wessex Man

                and your point is?

            • somewhereinthesouth

              Yes and she, along with the rest of the spineless EU , decided on sending boats to “rescue” the migrants crossing the med. Then when they started coming in large numbers , droves, hordes, crowds or swarms [choose your own adjective as appropriate ] she announced Germany would take 800,000 – no questions asked and incidentally without consulting her neighbours .

              Hardly an effective policy to discourage migrants from leaving wherever it is they come from. An effective repose would have been to set up refugee / migrant camps financed by the EU and others and to permit genuine refugees in real distress to travel to the EU – the rest should be made as comfortable as possible [ education heath food sanitation , heating etc ] so they can return to thier homes eventually.
              In addition the government in Libya [ and elsewhere ] should have been pressed, with the threat of military action, to stop the traffickers. Turkey doest seem to be doing enough in this regard either Action should have been taken if nothing was done. Then of course far more decisive action should have been taken to restore order in Syria – starting with ISIS [ and also Saudi Arabia and other states who seem to be financing them ]. But this would have meant being firm and using troops /sanctions [ or at least threatening their use ] which is something the pacifists who lead the EU wont even countenance. [ Europe can’ t even manage its own defences adequately or its relations with Russia with out squabbling and relying on the US who since Obama have ceased to provide leadership thus exposing the weakness of the EU which proclaims to be a union but isn’t when difficult decisions have to be made ]. Hence the present mess. [ Much the same can be said of their supine response in the Balkans and in the on going Ukraine debacle. ] None of this bodes well for the future . I suspect leaving the EU is therefore the best and perhaps only option for the UK [ with a trade agreement ] .

          • 2fishypoliticians

            And similarly millions cannot go to a land whose values and history are totally different without creating massive social, cultural and spiritual problems. Europe is squandering its identity by opening its arms to all comers… particularly to those who have historically been at odds with it for much of history.

            • PaD

              Just google Peter Sutherland/homegeneity..

              • WarriorPrincess111111

                “Sutherland strongly advocates liberal immigration policies and mass immigration into the European Union” – between the lines, reads:

                “As I am an executive of Goldman Sachs World Bank and an executive of BP oil, such multiculturalism increases the monetary input via foreign investments and savings into our financial institutions and is therefore more profitable to our companies in general”
                Asked why it is necessary to change that which occurred naturally over thousands of years where nations evolved into their own secular countries – the expected response would be:
                “Ah! Where is the profit in that? Secular countries do not invest in other countries where they have no involvement.”

      • WarriorPrincess111111

        Ha!Ha! The Anglo-German partnership is delivering what exactly?

      • Joey F

        Stop smoking crack.

      • Baron

        The Mutti broke the EU rules on dealing with with asylum seekers in large part to yet again repent for the sins of Germany past, then found out it was leading to a disaster not dissimilar, in consequences not in numbers, to that of their past sins, re-imposed the rules again. You call that measured, flexible… response, Swarm of Drones? To Baron, it smells more like an irrational, knee-jerk reaction driven totally by emotion.

        In the recent past, the Germans and other EU members also broke the rules on fiscal responsibility, it nearly buried the synthetic currency. It seems the EU makes rules that can be broken at will, what sort of a club is the EU?

        The sooner we get out, the better.

        • Gilbert White

          Agreed but the Financial Times about to be sold to the Japanese Sumo Group tells everybody everday things are getting better apart from the odd xenophobic U kipper.

        • Swarm of Drones

          It would be good to hear what rules these are that were broken. It would be tremendously appreciated if you could elaborate on that for all our benefit.

          edit: I’ll try to make this a little bit more difficult for you if I may. Even if we found EU rules were indeed broken, what does that imply.
          Are we rule followers, even when millions hit the Schengen wall? Where these rules written for these circumstances?
          I am looking forward to your response.

          • Baron

            One applies for an asylum in the first safe country he or she enters, that’s the decades old rule endorsed both by the UN and the EU, it couldn’t be any clearer, Swarm.

            If one doesn’t follow rules arrived at rationally, chaos ensues accompanied by lawlessness, leading to anarchy, the last thing one needs in the civilised world.

            The suggestion of at least some of the East European countries was to have registration and processing centres set-up in the southern countries of the Schengen area, or to fund them in Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon, neither happened, hence the turmoil, each EU member country pursuing a different approach.

            Virtually every immigrant wants to get to Germany, Sweden. What does it tell you? It tells Baron the vast majority of them are economic migrants, if they were not they would have gladly settled in the many safe countries they’ve passed since they left the ME.

          • Baron

            And another thing:

            The huge inflows into Germany would have required the setting up of camps, we’re talking about potentially hundreds of thousands of immigrants, not even the efficient Germans have enough brick type of accommodation to house such numbers.

            The word ‘camp’ isn’t amongst the favourite in the Mutti’s burghers vocabulary, hence the re-introduction of border controls that offers the possibility of sending back those who aren’t really asylum candidates.

            • Swarm of Drones

              I am afraid your responses do not entirely satisfy.
              I understand your urge to follow rules, which were not broken as they do not apply for events at this scale. You will understand this material detail.

              Hungary is the funnel now closing its borders as it cannot cope. How many ten thousand have been let through in a first opening (and now closing) of the floodgates?
              The process of easing is entirely logical and even if chaotic in detail in some locations, entirely welcome and manageable.

              If it is the expressed desire of the international community to take the Syrian saga to the brink, then as many civilians as possible must be given the opportunity to leave their homeland temporarily. Incidentally, not one nation is issuing passports as so often dreamt up by numerous busybodies.

              • Baron

                In August alone, an estimated 175,000 went through, mostly at the Hungarian Horgozs crossing with Serbia, it’s been shut as from tonight. That’s a lot, and it isn’t over yet.

                As it happens, Baron has been in the area, has spoken to some migrants, the policing agencies, the local people in three of the countries hit by the crowds. Shall he tell you what the indigenous folk mostly think when they’re prepared to talk about it? They are scared, Swarm, scared because they haven’t seen so many young men roaming their neighbourhood, loose, without anyone in charge.

                • smspf

                  No one is scared in Germany, only the old folk – same thing everywhere you go (China and Asia excluded).

                • Baron

                  You have a point, smspf, the young mostly don’t care (refused to talk), the ones with jobs, mortgages, responsibilities are those who are anxious.

                • smspf

                  You simplify to an extent that makes me think you ought to visit Manchester on a weekend. 50,000 invaders when City play, 75,000 when United are at home. Every weekend. Even my neighbour who is 84 isn’t scared.

                  On another note, what is a mortgage? I thought this was a website only frequented by cash buyers.

          • somewhereinthesouth

            First . Greece broke the rules when joining the Euro as did others. A blind eye was also turned by other countries who knew rules were being bent. Some others had deficits in excess of 3% but massaged them . Second Germany did not adhere to the Dublin/Schengen asylum rules when it made the generous offer [ which has now been rescinded}. Nor did Germany consult its neighbours when it “offered” unilaterally to accommodate the 800,000. Italy and Greece also broke the rules by waving asylum seekers and refugees thorough when they should’ve been registered in the form top of arrival [Ditto France by allowing migrants to go to Calais unhindered ]. France is breaking the rules as it allows illegal immigrants to remain in Calais either they should claim asylum there or be deported. That they wish to go to England isnt a good reason for ignoring them and their near illegal entry into France from Italy [ they should have been processed there ] and their breaking into lorries and of fences … and so on …
            Had the EU acted decisively to stop the exodus at source instead encouraging it, such rule breaking might have been less necessary . We should leave this moribund and totally ineffective organisation .Trade only.

        • Kennybhoy

          You familiar with Harry Enfield’s “Jurgen the German”? :-)

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doPR-6X9h7c

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWEzT9p5SCM

      • Sue Smith

        Measured, flexible? Hilarious. Priceless, in fact.

        As punishment we order you to go around Europe and pick up all the trash left behind by the beautiful asylum seekers. Bring a big bag!!

      • astroflash

        “Difficult tasks require a measured, flexible and effective response. The Anglo-German partnership is delivering that.”

        Haven’t you read the memo ? Weak kneed and jelly spined politicobot meaningless waffle like that is what gets us into these kinds of messes.

        It is pure drivel, management speak nonsense, nothing more.

      • Grace Ironwood

        Hilarious.

    • Frank

      Not sure that old Juncker is the full decks of cards. If it all gets too tough, we can probably expect him to be carried out on a stretcher.

    • telemachus

      Look at the bright side
      She has ensured a supply of labour fodder to supplement Germany’s contracting aging workforce

      • Martin Adamson

        She is going to replace the world’s most skilled and literate workforce with a gang of third world nomads who are at best only semi-literate in their own native language and completely unable to communicate with their hosts. Somehow I don’t see BMW’s reliability stats improving.

        • telemachus

          No
          These do not replace
          These are the epsilon minus drones

          • Hamburger

            We have enough of those already.

          • Augustus

            Don’t you mean the Epsilons minus the clones?

            But the vast majority of these people, who are literally invading Europe, were safely in Turkey for quite some time. Turkey is a Muslim country where everyone could have made something of their lives amongst their own creed, and where they were quite safe. But that wasn’t good enough because they would rather invade and scrounge off Western Europe.

          • Zarniwoop

            Gamma is good beta is better 😀

        • itdoesntaddup

          I see BMW continuing to expand its manufacturing abroad, not in Bavaria.

        • WarriorPrincess111111

          Merkel does not have to! Most of Germany’s manufacturing has been carried out in China by low paid workers. Merkel now sees an opportunity in increasing profits by having low paid workers employed to do this work in Germany. Repetitive work requires no skills nor literacy – just people enslaved to their tasks under fear of losing their jobs to the next immigrant!

        • Gilbert White

          The Boss of BMW fainted at the prospects.

      • WarriorPrincess111111

        ‘Aging Population’ is a myth! Where has anyone known of a population reducing? This occurs only in periods of severe famine, drought or disease. Within every nation – populations increase! i.e. there are more births than deaths!
        This is another propaganda excuse! It simply is impossible!

        • Grace Ironwood

          A Brave and unusual analysis.

        • grimer

          As I learned in Geography at school, at a certain point, economies enter a ‘quaternary’ phase. Populations stabilise and the ‘demographic bulge’, of previously high birth rates, gradually ages. This distorts the demographics and countries appear to have an ‘ageing population’ (disproportionate numbers of old people). This is a temporary, one off, event before the country continues with a very stable population – i.e. average of 2 kids per family. If the population does start to fall, this results in lower housing costs (supply and demand) and also higher wages – which enable families to have children earlier and also have more children.

      • Omallet

        Yes that’s right they all want to work and contribute hahaha seriously do you want to buy a second hand car

    • Jaria1

      Trouble is once settled in Germany they are free to move to any part of the EU that takes their fancy..

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