German Chancellor Angela Merkel has finally admitted that her much maligned open door policy on migrants was a mistake.
“We didn’t embrace the problem in an appropriate way,” Merkel said in an interview, according to Breitbart News, on Thursday.
“In Germany we ignored the problem for too long and blocked out the need to find a pan-European solution,” she added, marking an implicit reversal of her motto “We can do this.”
Merkel also said she “cannot deny” that Germany has become complacent after years of welcoming Muslim migrants from other nations. Last year alone, Germany welcomed 1.1 million refugees. More of them have been arriving since the start of this year.
Some of the refugees have abused German hospitality and committed crimes including assault and molestation of German women, sparking unrest and protest among the German people.
“People are very unhappy with her refugee policies,” said Helmut Schroeder, a 61-year-old unemployed locksmith in Greifswald. “It’s astonishing that one woman could take such a momentous decision on her own. We are not a monarchy.”