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‘End this migrant madness now, Merkel!’ Fuming German MP demands POLICE are sent to border

ONE of Angela Merkel’s most senior ministers tonight tore into his leader’s open door asylum policy as he urged her to end the migrant madness by sending police to the border.

Alexander Dobrindt, left, and Angela Merkel, right

GETTY  Alexander Dobrindt tonight tore into Angela Merkel’s open door asylum policy


In a stunning attack Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt branded her decision to roll out the red carpet to migrants an abject failure and blasted  government inaction which has left Germany relying on its neighbours to stem the tide of people.The scathing rebuke comes as Mrs Merkel’s grip on power grows ever weaker, with rebellion growing across the country against her controversial immigration policies.
She has consistently berated other EU states for introducing border controls to bring the migrant flow under control, ever since she made a pledge last summer to welcome all Syrians with open arms.But tonight Mr Dobrindt said it was time for the chancellor to admit that policy has been a disaster, insisting that Germany cannot persist in offering an “unconditional welcome” to migrants from across the world.

Angela Merkel

GETTY   The German leader is under intense pressure over her immigration policies


 Migrants arriving in Germany

GETTY   Germany is the destination of choice for most migrants


He also called on Mrs Merkel to dispatch police to the Alps to help Austrian police shore up mountain passes between northern Europe and Italy.

Mr Dobrindt, a member of the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) which has been savagely critical of the German leader’s open door asylum policy, told the Muenchner Merkur paper: “Germany could contribute and support Austrian efforts at the Brenner (Pass) with manpower.”Germany can not rely on our neighbours to get it right. We need to show that we are ready and able ourselves.”

Police marshall migrants

GETTY   Mr Dobrindt urged his leader to send police to the border


 Angela Merkel poses for a selfie with a migrant

GETTY   Mrs Merkel’s migration policies have proved deeply unpopular


 He added: “Germany must send to the world a signal that there is not a culture of unconditional welcome here.

“It would be wrong to let the refugees hope they could still make their way to us. Those who are looking for a better life should not be allowed to easily come to Germany.”His comments fly in the face of the rhetoric from Mrs Merkel, who has been critical of tighter border controls and is instead banking on a EU-Turkey deal that took effect on Monday.

The scheme gives Ankara political and financial benefits in return for taking back refugees and migrants who have crossed to Greece in the hope of slowing the flow.
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On Saturday, Austria’s defence minister told a German newspaper it plans to deploy soldiers at the Brenner Pass to help with border protection, migrant registrations, the humanitarian effort and deportations.Border clampdowns imposed by countries along the main migrant route northwards from Greece through the Balkans, including Austria, have helped sharply reduce the number of new arrivals in Germany, which took in over one million last year.But many politicians believe that the numbers will rise again once migrants try alternative routes, for example by crossing by sea to Italy from Libya in North Africa or from Albania in the Balkans.

More than a million migrants arrived in Europe last year, with most hoping to start new lives in Germany or Scandinavia.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/658173/EU-migrant-crisis-Angela-Merkel-Germany-refugees-police-border

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