‘Refugees NOT welcome’ as 66% of Germans turn on Merkel over migrants

Friday, August 19, 2016
By Paul Martin

GERMANY’S patience with migration is wearing thin in the wake of migrant sexual assaults and terror attacks, a devastating new poll has revealed.

Fri, Aug 19, 2016

In a nightmare scenario for German chancellor Angela Merkel, her oft-repeated phrase “we can do it”, in relation to absorbing hundreds of thousands of migrants, has been widely derided.

A YouGov tracker poll revealed how two out of three Germans don’t agree with the phrase, which now haunts Mrs Merkel, as the country creaks under the pressure of waves of newcomers.

Political opponents like the anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany (AfD), have also thrown the soundbite back in her face and garnered huge numbers of new supporters in the process.

A YouGov poll showed how 66 per cent of those polled did not agree with Merkel’s boast, up from 51 percent last September.

The growing resentment towards the German leader could threaten her grip on power, with elections set for autumn next year.

As her authority ebbed away Mrs Merkel was even criticised from within her own Christian Democrats party, with MEP Karl-Georg Wellmann saying: “Many of our voters understand it as if we could, indefinitely, continue to take in more people.

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