MERKEL BOMBSHELL: Chancellor didn’t shut border because of how it would play on TV news

Sunday, March 12, 2017
By Paul Martin

ANGELA Merkel allowed hundreds of thousands of migrants into Germany because she was worried guards waving guns at the border might look bad, a new book has claimed.

By JOEY MILLAR
Express.co.uk
Sun, Mar 12, 2017

The Chancellor had actually finalised plans to shut the border with Austria in September 2015 and was mobilising hundreds of guards when she got cold feet, according to Robin Alexander in his new book ‘Driven By Events: Merkel’s Refugee Policy’.

The high-profile political reporter claimed Mrs Merkel was concerned “for historical reasons” about how German guards acting aggressively on borders may appear to the rest of the world.

Mr Alexander said: “For historical reasons, the Chancellor feared images of armed German police confronting civilians on our borders.

“In the end, Angela Merkel refused to assume responsibility even as everything was in place to close the borders so they remained open – without an explicit decision.”

The book alleges Mrs Merkel had moved to close the border when she was told of a huge group of migrants moving through the Balkans towards Germany.

However, just before finalising the decision, Mr Alexander said she spoke to German interior minister Thomas de Maiziere, who asked her: “Can we live with the images that will come out of this?

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