The last decade in Germany has been one that will probably be remembered as Germany’s golden age. However, this progress seems to have started to recede as a result of some policies, especially the one concerning refugees. Germans question the fact that allowing hundreds of thousands of refugees into the country puts a strain on the country’s resources.
After terrorist attacks in Germany these past weeks, people are beginning to question Angele Merkel´s political decisions. She, however, defends this policy.
Journalist and novelist Konstantin Richter points out, "In France and Britain, an aging population is cause for concern; in Germany, it's a time bomb. The UN has predicted that by 2030, only half of the country's citizens will be working. Merkel thought she had a fix. When she opened the borders to refugees it was a humanitarian gesture, sure, but it was also an effort to rejuvenate the workforce." But then the brutal attacks against German citizens has caused an outrage across the country.
Markus Frohnamier, a German politician, says, after the events where at least ten German citizens were murdered by terrorist attacks, “It has become clear that what is going on in Germany is the result of Angela Merkel's open door policy on migrants.”
Mrs. Merkel still remains steadfast in her position of keeping the borders open to refugees. “For me it is clear: we will stick to our fundamental principles,” she said, and stated her guarantee that “human dignity shall be inviolable” in Germany’s constitution. “These principles mean we will give asylum to those who are politically persecuted and we will give protection to those who flee war and expulsion according to the Geneva Refugee Convention.”
These comments followed a suicide bombing that occurred last Sunday and the attack by an apparent Islam radical with an axe on a train. Both attackers were asylum applicants.