As seen in the video broadcast on public television, the Palestinian girl named Reem told Merkel that her family had been informed they would have to return to a camp in Lebanon imminently only to receive a last-minute temporary residence permit for Germany. A member of the opposition Green Party tweeted, the mistakes in the government’s refugee policies can’t be patted away. The young girl also adds, “I have ambitions just like anyone else, I want to study – this is my wish and a goal that I am willing to achieve”. At a forum for young people, Merkel told a Palestinian teenage girl, Reem, that not all migrants can stay in Germany and that “some will have to go home”.
The girl tells Merkel that her family has been asked to return to a refugee camp in Lebanon. Germany could not manage if all wanted to move there, she said.
Essentially, this means Greece must hand over its public assets worth 50-billion to the German-government owned fund to be sold by the Germans.
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble is prepared to resign rather than go against his convictions in negotiations on Greece’s debt crisis, he said in an interview published Saturday.
Merkel does not project the image of a glad-handing politician but after almost 10 years in power, she still enjoys impressive popularity ratings of around 70 percent.
The group discussion continued until Merkel noticed that Reem was crying.
Germany wasn’t the only party involved in the negotiations with Greece; however, as Europe’s biggest economy as well as Greece’s primary creditor, the country has been Greece’s most prominent adversary in months of contentious talks.
Among the changes announced, Tsipras replaced Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis and Alternate Finance Minister Nadia Valavani, and ousted Alternate Social Security Minister Dimitris Stratoulis, all of whom had voted against him on the austerity bill.
For the past few years, Germany has been in a period of unprecedented popularity.
Credit ratings agency Moody’s says Greece’s approval of austerity measures “averts an immediate disorderly default and potential exit from the euro” but warns that “risks remain elevated” given substantial skepticism within the country on the bailout conditions. The fallout has revealed not only the depth of European angst over Germany’s growing influence in the E.U., but also how uncomfortable the Germans are in wielding that influence as a political weapon. But as Germany asserts itself in Europe and beyond, it will have to learn to take such attacks in stride, even at the cost of its cherished popularity. Germany was in the vanguard, leading the negotiations with the Syriza government. Part of her appeal to Germans is the dry and deliberate way in which she handles highly emotional issues. Criticism of that approach seems to strike a nerve within the country. “For Germans the role of a leader, or a benevolent hegemon, is acceptable”, he adds.
“Seven reasons why the Bundestag should vote “No” today”, ran a headline in the mass-selling Bild daily before the debate, listing “Grexit is the better solution” and “our grandchildren will pay” among its reasons.