Tag: Angela Merkel

Merkel rewarded with 7-minute standing ovation as she falls on both sides of immigration issue

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who just last week was named TIME magazine’s 2015 Person of the Year for her stance on the refugee crisis, received a seven-minute (or nine-minute, according to some reports) standing ovation Monday for a speech at her ruling Christian Democratic Union congress in which she promised to “tangibly reduce” the number of refugees […]

Merkel wants to ‘dramatically decrease’ refugees in Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday she wanted to “drastically decrease” the number of refugees entering Germany, signaling a compromise to critics of her open-door policy from within her own conservative party on the eve of a party congress.   Merkel has resisted pressure from allies within her Christian Democratic Union to put a […]

Merkel calls on refugees to reject anti-Semitism

German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged refugees arriving in Germany to embrace the country’s values and reject discrimination and anti-Semitism.   Speaking in the Jewish museum in Berlin on Wednesday, Merkel said the influx of hundreds of thousands of migrants, many fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East, was a great opportunity if Germany properly […]

Leader of German anti-immigrant party calls on Merkel to resign

The leader of Germany’s anti-immigrant AfD party, riding a wave of public anger against Chancellor Angela Merkel’s asylum policy, on Saturday called on her to resign for throwing the country’s doors open to migrants.   “Merkel, step down. You can do it,” Frauke Petry told some 600 AfD supporters, mainly gray-haired men, putting a new […]

Merkel faces domestic revolt over refugee welcome

In a heated atmosphere, some of the 1,000-odd members at the meeting warned of a “national disaster” and demanded shuttering the borders as Germany expects up to one million migrants this year.   “Stop the refugee chaos — save German culture + values — dethrone Merkel,” read a banner at the congress late Wednesday in […]