With her policy of “pressure, rather than persuasion,” Merkel is inflaming other European countries against Germany, Vice Chairman of the German Free Democratic Party Wolfgang Kubicki said.
“Many European neighbors can’t bear Germany’s impertinence. We tell other countries how they should behave,” Kubicki said in an interview with the German newspaper Freie Welt.
The politician sharply criticized Merkel’s “policy of pressure” and recommended that the German Chancellor should have “more diplomatic tact” when dealing with other European states.
According to Kubicki, Merkel’s statements about the policy of open borders do not reflect the views of Europe as a whole. In fact, she is imposing Germany’s position on the other countries and is reluctant to discuss the refugee problem with her European neighbors.
“Unfortunately, this is an attempt to achieve European unity not through persuasion but through pressure,” the German politician said.
Merkel’s policy of open doors caused disapproval among Europeans. Fifty-four percent of Germans alone believe that the massive influx of refugees undermines European security and dramatically increases the threat of terrorism.
According to the latest data of EU border agency “Frontex”, around 1.2 million migrants entered the EU over the first 10 months of 2015. The European Commission called the current immigration crisis the biggest since World War II.