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Merkel’s open door policy has brought ‘chaos’ to Europe, claims George Soros as German leader is blamed for Brexit over her failure to deal with migrant crisis

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel is being blamed for the Brexit decision
  • Critics highlight her open-door approach to immigration as being to blame
  • Concerns that it will spark a wide-spread anti-EU feeling across the bloc
  • Right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) is demanding a vote for ‘Dexit’  

The Hungarian, who ‘broke the Bank of England’ in 1992, said the German Chancellor’s decision to ‘open her country’s doors wide to refugees’ was ‘not properly thought out’.

Soros, 85, said a ‘lack of adequate controls’ sparked panic across the continent and that the European migration crisis and Brexit debate then ‘fed on each other’.

Billionaire financier George Soros (pictured) has accused Angela Merkel of bringing 'chaos' to Europe through her open-door immigration policy

Critics have branded German Chancellor Angela Merkel as being responsible for Brexit, blaming her open-door migration policy as being a 'driving force' for the Leave campaign's victory

He said: ‘German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to open her country’s doors wide to refugees was an inspiring gesture, but it was not properly thought out, because it ignored the pull factor.

‘A sudden influx of asylum-seekers disrupted people in their everyday lives across the EU.

‘The lack of adequate controls, moreover, created panic, affecting everyone: the local population, the authorities in charge of public safety, and the refugees themselves.’

Soros famously ‘broke the Bank of England’ after his bets against the pound were instrumental in ejecting it from the Exchange Rate Mechanism.

He said the Leave campaign in Britain exploited the deteriorating refugee situation to stoke fears of ‘uncontrolled immigration from other EU member states.

 ‘The European authorities delayed important decisions on refugee policy in order to avoid a negative effect on the British referendum vote, thereby perpetuating scenes of chaos like the one in Calais.’

As Germans demand their own opportunity to free themselves from ‘EU slavery’, fingers are being pointed at Merkel for sparking the potential dissolution of the European Union.

Critics have branded Ms Merkel’s open-door immigration policy as being to blame for a tidal wave of demands for Brexit-style referendums across several countries in the bloc.

The right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) has openly branded Ms Merkel as being responsible, amid calls for a ‘Dexit’ – Deutschland exit.

The right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) has openly branded Ms Merkel as being responsible, amid calls for a 'Dexit' - Deutschland exit. Pictured, Ms Merkel arrives at the EU Summit in Brussels on Tuesday

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‘I think Ms Merkel with her open borders caused Britain to leave the EU,’ said AfD’s vice chairman Alexander Gauland on Friday in Berlin.

He added: ‘I think the British have opted for direct democracy. I believe that it is good that they have done that.’

It came as party chairman Bjorn Hocke warned that the Eurosceptic AfD would be launching a campaign for a German exit.

‘With the exit from the EU, the British have left the path of collective madness and opted for democracy and popular sovereignty.

‘I know the majority of German people want to get out of EU slavery.’

I think Ms Merkel with her open borders caused Britain to leave the EU.
AfD’s vice chairman Alexander Gauland

Meanwhile Franz Wiese, European policy spokesman for the populist party and an MP in the regional parliament in Brandenburg, near Berlin, said: ‘Next year the AfD will enter the German parliament and Dexit will be top on our agenda.’

The AfD is reportedly the only German political party so far to openly declare that it will be demanding a ‘Dexit’ vote.

German media has been awash with criticism of Ms Merkel’s immigration policy, after she allegedly sparked Europe’s 2015 migration crisis by announcing that refugees fleeing from war-torn Syria would be welcome in Germany.

By opening Germany’s borders to refugees, critics have long blamed Ms Merkel for encouraging the flow of both refugees and economic migrants into European countries.

The German chancellor was also among EU leaders who ‘blocked British demands before the referendum for an “emergency brake” on migrant numbers’.

Bjorn Hoecke is demanding a free vote for all Germans on the issue saying: 'I know the German people want to be free of EU slavery' Franz Wiese is supporting calls for a referendum in Germany, saying 'Dexit will be top on our agenda'

Ms Merkel has further insisted she would condemn any attempts by the UK to 'cherry-pick' its favoured elements of the EU package - criticising calls for access to the single market without free movement. Pictured, Ms Merkel and Mr Cameron talk at the Brussels summit on Tuesday

At his final dinner with leaders of EU countries in Brussels on Tuesday night, Prime Minister David Cameron highlighted public fears over immigration as having cost him both the referendum and his job.

Mr Cameron, who resigned following the referendum result last week, warned fellow leaders that intransigence over freedom of movement could damage any chance of a UK-EU trade deal.

I think people recognised the strength of the economic case for staying, but there was a very great concern about the movement of people and immigration.
PM David Cameron

He said that, while he thought British people had recognised the ‘strength of the economic case for staying’, he believed it was primarily concern about immigration that forced the final victory for the Leave campaign.

He added: ‘I think that is coupled with a concern about the issues of sovereignty and the absence of control there has been.’

This fear was heightened by the Leave campaign’s use of poster images showing crowds of refugees and migrants entering the Bavarian countries.

Nigel Farage and the Leave campaign was branded ‘fundamentally racist’ following the release of the poster, which showed the Ukip leader standing in front of a crowd of refugees and migrants.

The poster uses a picture of Syrian refugees being escorted along the Slovenian border during the migrant crisis last October and tells voters the EU is at ‘breaking point’, adding: ‘The EU has failed us all. We must break free of the EU and take control of our borders.’

Ukip leader Nigel Farage unveiled this controversial campaign poster in Westminster on June 16 but was immediately condemned by MPs from all main Westminster parties and branded 'fundamentally racist'

The poster (pictured being driven around Westminster) was one of the largest advertising campaigns of the referendum as it was rolled out across the country, encouraging public fear of mass migration

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the poster was ‘disgusting’ while Tory Treasury minister Harriet Baldwin hit out at the Ukip leader for ‘vile xenophobia’.

MPs from all main Westminster parties hit out at the advert minutes after it was unveiled by Mr Farage in Westminster on June 16.

The Brexit vote has pushed freedom of movement to the top of the agenda across Europe.

But Ms Merkel insisted she would condemn any attempts by the UK to ‘cherry-pick’ its favoured elements of the EU package.

‘If you wish to have free access to the single market then you have to accept the fundamental European rights as well as obligations that come from it,’ she said.

‘This is as true for Great Britain as for anybody else.’

She also made it clear that she and other EU leaders have refused to engage in negotiations until Article 50 is invoked.

Ms Merkel and French President Francois Hollande are said to be concerned that Brexit will lead to a growing support for populist far-right parties in their plans for the disintegration of the EU.

Bjorn Hoecke (left) is calling for a vote for all Germans, saying: ‘I know the German people want to be free of EU slavery’ while Franz Wiese (right) supports calls for a referendum, saying ‘Dexit will be top on our agenda’

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