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Germany: Merkel defends stance on refugees, urges moral action from EU02:08

Germany: Merkel defends stance on refugees, urges moral action from EU

Germany, Frankfurt
October 21, 2015 at 04:30 GMT +00:00 · Published

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that the refugee crisis is leading to tensions that threaten Europe's moral and political standing in the world, as she addressed the IG-Metall union conference in Frankfurt, Wednesday.

The chancellor criticised Europe's reluctance towards addressing the refugee crisis saying, "It is unacceptable for Europe to express solidarity on some issues, leading to certain expectations of the world, explaining to every single African country and every other country how to comply by the human rights laws. And when it comes to this challenge (refugee crisis), Europe cannot live up to its duties. This is what I am working on."

Merkel underlined that Europeans cannot isolate themselves "in the time of the smartphone, where people know exactly how we live in Europe." Merkel therefore urged German society to "pay its dues to globilisation," by providing sanctuary to refugees. However, she made clear that Germany maintains robust policies to prevent economic migrants from entering the country under a humanitarian guise.

Germany: Merkel defends stance on refugees, urges moral action from EU02:08
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that the refugee crisis is leading to tensions that threaten Europe's moral and political standing in the world, as she addressed the IG-Metall union conference in Frankfurt, Wednesday.

The chancellor criticised Europe's reluctance towards addressing the refugee crisis saying, "It is unacceptable for Europe to express solidarity on some issues, leading to certain expectations of the world, explaining to every single African country and every other country how to comply by the human rights laws. And when it comes to this challenge (refugee crisis), Europe cannot live up to its duties. This is what I am working on."

Merkel underlined that Europeans cannot isolate themselves "in the time of the smartphone, where people know exactly how we live in Europe." Merkel therefore urged German society to "pay its dues to globilisation," by providing sanctuary to refugees. However, she made clear that Germany maintains robust policies to prevent economic migrants from entering the country under a humanitarian guise.

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