Angela Merkel is warned by her ‘mentor’ Helmut Kohl that Europe cannot become home for millions of migrants whose beliefs are different to ‘the foundations of our values’

  • Former German Chancellor attacks the open-door policy of his ‘golden girl’
  • He said: ‘National policies of the lone-knight variety must be left in the past’
  • Kohl warned that peace and freedom is at risk through mass immigration
  • He is to meet Hungarian PM who has fiercely resisted taking in migrants
  • For more of the latest on Angela Merkel visit

Kohl, who was German leader for 16 years and oversaw the country’s reunification, took a swipe at the woman he chose as his successor after remaining silent on the issue since the crisis began.

He commented in a newspaper at the weekend: ‘Europe cannot become a new home for the millions of people in need throughout the world.

Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl sits beside his mentee and chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union party Angela Merkel before a ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of German unification in 2000. Kohl has warned his 'golden girl' that Europe cannot become 'a new home' for millions of migrants

‘National policies of the lone-knight variety must be left in the past.

‘For the most part they have a belief which is different from the Judeo-Christian beliefs which form part of the foundations of our social order and our values.’

He never mentioned Mrs Merkel, who he championed for greatness over more conventional rivals, but no-one is left in any doubt that his criticisms were aimed at her.

His comments came just before a controversial meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban that he will hold this week.

Kohl, 86, said the continent’s peace and freedom could be at stake through mass immigration.

The social fabric in his own country has worn increasingly thin due to the open-door policy of Merkel who has allowed in more than 1.2million refugees in 16 months.

Helmut Kohl signs copies of his book 'Memories 1982-1990' in November 2005. In comments attacking Merkel's open-door policy, Kohl said Europe's peace and freedom could be at stake through mass migration

This has pushed voters into the embrace of right-wingers like the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party which scored big in regional elections in March and which now threatens Merkel’s CDU conservatives at the general election in the autumn of next year.

‘The solution lies in the affected regions,’ said Kohl of the migrant crisis. ‘It does not lie in Europe. Europe cannot become a new home for millions of people in need around the world.’

Kohl is to meet with Orban, who has drawn criticism for his resistance to taking in refugees, including the erecting of a razor-wire fence along his country’s border.

‘We are aware that we have something to lose and that it is worth fighting for the European project for peace and freedom,’ Kohl wrote in a reference to Orban.

His aides deny his meeting with Orban is an affront to Merkel.

Mr Kohl rarely leaves his home following a stroke in 2008. He is said to be ‘estranged’ from the woman he propelled to the heights of power.

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