Instead of looking in the mirror and doing the least bit of self-assessment of the refugee crisis, German Chancellor Angela Merkel pointed the finger at Austria and nine Balkan countries, then at Greece, in an interview with Bild.
Despite the fact that Greece is broke, in an economic depression, and cannot possibly pay back debts owed to creditors, Merkel told Greece to shell out money to accommodate 50,000 refugees.
Please consider Merkel Pressures Greece to Step Up Refugee Aid, Bild Reports.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel boosted pressure on the Greek government to step up its capacity for sheltering refugees, pledging that the European Union will assist the country with the task.
Greece fell short of its aim of setting up shelter for 50,000 asylum seekers fleeing Syria and the Middle East by the end of 2015, Merkel said in an interview with Bild am Sonntag.
“The backlog needs to be made up posthaste,” Merkel told the German newspaper. “I know from my talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras that he wants that too, but that that he needs our help to do it.”
Thousands of refugees are stranded in Greece. Merkel in the Bild interview blamed the humanitarian crisis on other European states that tightened their borders against the influx, blocking passage north, where most asylum seekers have sought shelter in more accommodating countries such as Germany. The chancellor has said the blocked borders endanger Europe’s system of passport-free travel, known as Schengen.
Merkel’s Failure to Self-Assess
The Chancellor owes the EU an apology for her foolish welcome of refugees after which millions poured into Greece on the way to Germany. Instead of doing any bit of self-assessment, she blames others. Merkel also fails to see the obvious flaws in her pressuring Greece.
Merkel’s Failure to See the Obvious
- Greece cannot afford to do what Merkel asks.
- Merkel did promise aid, but that is not her promise to make. Regardless, Greece needs that aid upfront, not down the line.
- Essentially, the chancellor is pressuring Greece to take care of refugees first, and its own citizens second.
Merkel’s Proven Inability to Think Ahead
Approximately 2,000 refugees a day arrive in Greece. Assuming Greece has sheltered 20,000 or so now, it will fill up its quota in 15 days.
If Greece gets to return half of that influx on the basis that 50% of the new arrivals are non-Syrian, then it will take a month.
Three Questions for Merkel
- Dear Chancellor, what happens after Greece shelters the 50,000 refugees you forced upon the country?
- Dear Chancellor, what then? Will you pressure Greece to take 100,000? 200,000?
- Dear Chancellor, when will you admit it’s you who made a mistake, not Austria?
Mike “Mish” Shedlock