‘Not Germany’s waiting room’: Austrian defense chief lashes out at Merkel’s refugee policy

Friday, August 26, 2016
By Paul Martin

26 Aug, 2016

The German chancellor’s “we can do it” approach to refugee crisis is “irresponsible” as it lures more migrants to Europe instead of capping their number, Austria’s defense minister said, calling on European leaders to promptly convene a “summit on deportation.”

“This is not a policy, if Europe stays here in agony and sticks its head in the sand,” Hans Peter Doskozil, who is also a member of the ruling Social Democratic Party, told Austria’s Krone newspaper in an interview published Thursday. Referring to what he believes is the lack of political will in Europe to offer viable solutions to the crisis instead of repeating past mistakes, Doskozil said Chancellor Angela Merkel committed one such mistake by establishing a “welcoming culture” for potential migrants.

By repeating the “we can do it” mantra, Merkel created a new “attraction factor” with her rhetoric boosting the refugee influx, he claimed.

“The ‘we can do it’ policy is irresponsible,” and counterproductive as it harms Europe as a whole, including Austria, Doskozil said.

“Austria is not a waiting room for Germany,” he said, alluding to the fact that many of the aspiring migrants are crossing to Austria in a hope of eventually settling in Germany, seemingly wooed by the impression they will be welcomed here.

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