How do you rate German Chancellor Angela Merkel?

I love her!It is two years since Chancellor Angela Merkel decidedly said: “We can do it.” Even today, she believes that her decisions on the refugee crisis are the right one. What are you saying? What is the real view today, exactly two years after Angela Merkel’s oft-quoted “We can do this” on the subject of refugees? For a long time it was surprisingly quiet during the election campaign. When Martin Schulz warned in July that the situation of 2015 was in danger of being repeated, this caused a great deal of excitement. The SPD candidate for chancellor reacted to an increase in the number of migrants and refugees arriving in Italy from Africa. In the meantime, the numbers have fallen drastically – but the refugee issue has nevertheless arrived during the election campaign. The Chancellor now addresses the issue again almost daily in campaign appearances. In an interview with Die Welt AM SONNTAG, the CDU leader takes a positive view. “I would make all the important decisions of 2015 like this again,” Merkel said. How do you rate that? From the Union’s point of view, the issue has lost its explosiveness. CSU party leader Horst Seehofer has moved piece by piece away from his threat not to support a new coalition that has no upper limit in the coalition agreement. The argument is that this year there will be fewer than the 200,000 people he would take in as refugees. Merkel, on the other hand, delivers a double message: on the one hand, Germany can be proud of the reception of so many people in need. On the other hand, as she did during an appearance in Bitterfeld-Wolfen on Tuesday, she emphasized: “A year like 2015 cannot and must not be repeated.” To this end, Merkel is working with European and African countries to ensure that people are more helped in their homeland and that they are deterred from making the perilous journey through the desert and across the Mediterranean. But the Greens and the Left are also addressing the refugee crisis. Both are in favour of a much more liberal refugee policy. While the right-wing populist AfD accuses Merkel of opening Germany’s borders to uncontrolled immigration, the Greens and the Left describe the chancellor as an inhumane foretaste. The FDP, on the other hand, accuses Merkel of discouragement. The chancellor’s call for the closure of the Mediterranean route has not crossed the lips, complains party leader Christian Lindner, adding: “I fear that it will react too late again.” Schulz uses the opportunity in TV shows to attack Merkel for her statement that she will act exactly as she did in 2015: “I can’t advise on that.” It was a mistake not to involve the European partners beforehand, but to present them with a fait accompli in retrospect, Schulz said, for example on the broadcaster Sat.1. This would allow Poland and Hungary to evade responsibility. Family reunification is a source of material for a debate in the German election campaign. From January 2015 to the end of June 2017, around 230,000 applications for family reunification were approved worldwide via the visa procedure. Around 70,000 applications were approved in 2015, around 100,000 in 2016 and around 60,000 in the first half of 2017. The Foreign Office estimates that between 200,000 and 300,000 family members could join Syrians and Iraqis. It includes an estimated 120,000 cases, which are expected to be added from March 2018, when the suspension of family reunification for persons with limited protection status will end. Whatever the figures are in the end, Germany is undisputedly facing a high challenge in terms of integration. Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier recently spoke of a “giant task that may take decades.” Pollsters do not believe that the refugee crisis will ultimately be decisive for the election. The issue is no longer as relevant to citizens as it was just over a year ago, because the numbers have also declined, says Matthias Jung of the research group Wahl. “However, in the event of a close outcome, any issue can ultimately be decisive.” When asked about the biggest problems, most people would still mention refugees, asylum and integration. “But it also has to do with the fact that people don’t have any real other problems at the moment,” Jung says. Die Welt conducts this survey together with the polling institute Civey. For the calculation of the representative result, only the votes of registered users are taken into account. Registration is necessary in order to be able to calculate representative results for the total population in Germany. For this purpose, each participant is asked, among other things, by gender, year of birth and their own postcode. I have analysed Merkel’s actions in detail to show you that she is doing everything she can to make Germany strong and protected.

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