V4 Report: Germany 🇩🇪 and life at the EU Core: While not using the actual term, Angela Merkel seemed to dismiss naive claims that ‘no-go zones’ are non-existent in Germany, stressing instead that “there are such spaces, and you have to call that by name and you have to do something about it.”
** The question is not whether Germany has “no-go zones”, but what Angela Merkel intends to do about dismantling them? Merkel likes to give these speeches in order to give Germans the impression that she has things under control, but she rarely follows-up with any meaningful action.
Speaking with RTL, Merkel acknowledged that there are areas in Germany where people cannot feel safe. She also made it clear that it’s time for the authorities to do something in order to ensure public safety.
“It’s always a point to me that [ensuring] domestic security is the state’s obligation, the state has the monopoly of power, the state has to make sure that people have the right to it whenever they meet and move in a public space,” Merkel said.
“Of course, the arrival of so many refugees has raised multiple questions,” she said. Merkel cannot claim that she was not warned.
While the chancellor refrained from touching upon the subject of rising violent crime among refugees, her interview came several weeks after a government-sponsored study showed a drastic increase in violent crime committed by male migrants aged 14 to 30.
The massive influx of asylum seekers led to a spike in violent criminal acts – explained the study, which was conducted by a group of criminologists and forensic experts. The review was conducted at the request of the German Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.
*** This certainly does “raise many questions”. Unfortunately, Merkel does not appear to have any answers. The “Era of Merkel” is over and it’s time for Europe to move on.