Nearly 40 percent of German voters think Chancellor Angela Merkel should quit over her liberal asylum policy after almost 1.1 million newcomers arrived last year, a poll showed Friday.Peak Merkel
As the mood in Germany has shifted from a euphoric welcome for people fleeing war and persecution last September to growing doubts about the country's ability to accommodate and integrate the record influx, the popular Merkel has come under increasing pressure.
However, the poll for Focus news magazine conducted by the independent opinion research institute Insa among 2,047 German citizens showed that a larger share -- nearly 45 percent -- did not think Merkel should resign.
Among members of her conservative Christian Union bloc, nearly 27 percent said they wanted Merkel, who has been in power since 2005, to step down.
I called for this well in advance, on October 18, 2015 to be precise: Swamped By Stupidity; Peak Merkel.
But politicians don't resign. They just keep on insisting they are right until they are forced out or voted out of office.
As recently as January 20, Merkel insisted Austrian cap on refugees 'not helpful' for European solution.
Yesterday, Merkel supposedly "struck an accord late Thursday with her fractious left-right coalition to tighten asylum policies, notably by making it easier to send back arrivals from North Africa and by delaying family reunifications."
What a joke!
The family reunification proposal is a rehash of an announcement from months ago. And deporting refugees requires approval from the nation of origin.
Do Syria and the African nations want the refugees back?
Merkel doesn't get it, and she likely never will. Her time is past.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock