Angela Merkel has had a tough time doing her job over the last several months as an overwhelming increase of European terrorist attacks have riddled the region. From the ongoing threat of sequential attacks in Germany to the devastating Paris attack and Nice tragedy, many are beginning to sway from their hardline stance on supporting this leader, and forming demonstrations to oust the German chancellor.
The Terror in Europe
With more than 1.1 million refugees seeking asylum, the increase of sleeper radical Islamic terrorists is a real threat. As so many people flood the area, there is no way to screen and filter out every individual, leaving a wide open door for those who are not seeking safety, but seeking terror. Over the last several months, Europe has seen some of the most tragic terror attacks in its history: from the Paris attack, where three coordinated teams launched a series of attacks in one day, to the mass killing of people gathering to watch fireworks in Nice, France, and even the recent increase in terror activity around Germany.
Angela Fires Back
Angela Merkel isn’t just standing by during her controversial policy on immigration, which many are attributing to the increased terror influence and attacks in Europe. Instead, she’s standing firm in her decision, stating, “I stand by the political decisions we’ve made. As Chancellor, I am responsible for, by far, most decisions. I always have to weigh up if a decision meets our values — which does not mean that there are no risks.”
A Call For Change
While Merkel didn’t see much of a dip in her popularity in early 2016, now that the fear and reality is setting in that terror is taking the region by storm, many are beginning to question her ability to lead and protect their country. Thousands of demonstrators are taking to the streets, chanting, “Merkel must go.” Berlin had a massive gathering of over 5,000 people protesting the “open door policy,” and with the recent withdrawal of support from a key political ally, “Merkel’s premiership hangs on by a thread.”
Horst Seehofer, the conservative premier of Bavaria, also spoke out against Merkel’s stance of “We can do it,” stating that he cannot support and endorse such a motto, claiming, “I cannot, with the best will, adopt this phrase as my own.” In addition, while addressing the Bavarian government in Tegernsee, he went a step further and condemned Merkel’s policy, indicating that the solutions were not adequate and current on the ongoing issue of immigration.
As Merkel’s ratings continue to dive, the majority of supporters she once had have turned tides and now don’t believe that she can handle the refugee crisis. Green Party Member Cem Ozdemir told Funk Media Group, “This is an unimaginable misery – and the world barely takes any notice. Angela Merkel is completely ignoring this and other humanitarian catastrophes.”
Many are worried about their personal safety, the future of their country, and the risk of future attacks as millions of people flood the area. Combined with the ongoing strain of the immigration crisis, which will call for even more refugees entering the region in upcoming months, Germans are seriously questioning the policy and stance of Angela Merkel. With the world seeing an increase in terror cells, groups such as ISIS, and other radical fundamentalists gaining momentum, it’s a real concern and topic that will affect millions of people–not just those seeking asylum, but also those calling their country home.