Germans are increasingly alienated by and angry with the country’s immigration policy. Reuters reports:
Every second respondent in the study of 2,420 people said they sometimes felt like a foreigner in their own country due to the many Muslims here, up from 43 percent in 2014 and 30.2 percent in 2009.The number of people who believe Muslims should be forbidden from coming to Germany has also risen, the study showed, and now stands at just above 40 percent, up from about a fifth in 2009.The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Leipzig in co-operation with the Heinrich Boell Foundation, the Rosa-Luxemburg Foundation and the Otto-Brenner foundation.
Meanwhile the AfD continues to gain on Merkel. Open Europe reports:
The latest Forsa poll for RTL/Stern shows Angela Merkel’s CDU/CSU dropping one point to 33%, while its centre-left coalition partner, the SPD, remains on 21%. The Greens are on 13%, followed by the right-wing populist AfD gaining one point to 11%. Die Linke are on 10%, whilst the liberal FDP is down one point on 6%.
It ain’t over for Mrs. Merkel and the establishment yet, but these numbers are not good, and things have been trending from bad to worse all spring. A year ago, the German establishment was brimming with confidence (not to say self-righteousness) in its “immigrants welcome” policy. Now that the staggering costs of the policy are becoming apparent—in money (€93B by 2020), in frayed relations with the rest of Europe, and in that the levels of education the immigrants have is far less than initially reported—the center-left and center-right are trending downward, and social cohesion is fraying.Merkel won’t be toppled tomorrow, but the Turkey deal is fraying, more refugees are crossing to Italy, and nobody has come up with a long-term solution. If someone doesn’t, it’s hard to see how this ends well.