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The Wages of willkommenskultur
With Merkel’s Popularity Tanking, New Anti-Terror Laws Announced

Days after the second July terror attack in Germany was claimed by ISIS, a pollster found that Germans were not blaming Angela Merkel’s open doors policies for the violence: only 28 percent said they saw a link. But that Forsa poll may have been held too quickly after the event. An Infratest dimap poll, held a week later, saw support for Merkel drop by 12 percent in July, while support for Horst Seehofer, her political adversary from Bavaria, rise by 11.

Now, a week later still, the trend is confirmed. Reuters:

With just over a year before a federal election, the poll for public broadcaster ZDF gave conservative Merkel an approval rating of 1.0, down from 1.4 in July on a scale of 5.0 to -5.0.

She came fourth in a ranking of politicians behind the Green state premier of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, Social Democrat Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and conservative Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble. […]

Merkel’s open-door migrant policy is under intense scrutiny after two attacks claimed by the jihadist militant group Islamic State last month.

The poll showed only 44 percent of Germans think her migrant policy is good and 52 percent view it as bad.

Given that this is the mood after a series of “loner” attacks that haven’t resulted in mass casualties, German authorities are wasting no time in putting down stricter anti-terror policies in place. EUObserver:

The new measures include stripping German citizenship from dual-nationals caught fighting alongside extremist militant groups abroad. Any plan to strip citizenship is likely to meet opposition from the centre-left social democrats (SPD) and the Greens, German media report .

De Maiziere also aims at adding more police and surveillance staff, criminalising the promotion of terrorism, and making it easier to deport migrants who commit crimes.

However, earlier ideas to slap a ban on full-face veil burqas have been shelved.

Instead, authorities will be granted access to search the social media accounts of refugees if they carry no passports or other identity cards.

De Maiziere said people seeking international protection often have no ID papers, but most often carry smartphones. The devices are crucial to refugees. But de Maiziere said they also contain information that could reveal possible security threats. “If you want to come to Germany, we have to make safety checks on you. And to make safety checks, we will ask you to show us your Facebook contacts from the last few months, which are public in principle anyway,” said de Maiziere.

-1x-1Politically, it’s a not a bad move. On the one hand, Merkel gets to keep talking as if she hasn’t budged on her principles, and on willkommenskultur. The ongoing real impact of the open doors policy has been minimized by the shuttering of the Balkan migrant corridor, and reinforced the deal with Turkey (though, as we noted, some Europeans are thinking that the Turkey deal itself may not be the critical element in keeping the numbers down).

On the other hand, her coalition gets to blow the law-and-order horn—always a gesture that’s welcomed by a nervous population.

Will the new laws be enough to forestall a Paris-style massacre in Germany? We certainly hope so, but only time will tell.

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  • Observe&Report

    Will these new laws be enough to forestall a Paris-style massacre in Germany? No they will not. Only the complete expulsion of these third-world invaders back to their desert homeland will do that; and if it has to be done at gunpoint, so be it.

    • Pete

      Exactly right! And some day it will come to that — at gun point.

      • wjr123

        The question will then be who is expelled. Don’t count on t being the illegal migrants.

  • Jim__L

    Merkel may get to have her cake and eat it too, although whether she’ll continue to have her job is highly doubtful.

  • Joey Junger

    The terrorist who decapitated a priest in France was already under observation and marked as a potential time-bomb. With the Europeans (except maybe the British now) culturally neutered and lobotomized by PC, I’m pretty sure this shuffling of deck chairs on the Titanic won’t do much.

    It’s nice to know those caught fighting alongside extremists in jihad will no longer be able to enjoy dual citizenship. It’s a tragicomic farce to think that this behavior even had to be explicitly outlawed, or that it was considered acceptable before these new measures were enacted.

    I’m not looking forward to Hilligula trying to emulate and maybe even double-down on Merkel’s idiocy. I hope Trump wins, and not only that, I hope liberals’ hyperbolic fear-mongering turns out to be baseless, and they are forced not only to endure his presidency, but to accept that the world didn’t end during his tenure.

    • FriendlyGoat

      We don’t believe the world will be ending in Hillary Clinton’s presidency either. If you want someone who might actually combat terrorism, you’re with the wrong guy. Why do I say that? Congress has no intention of backing the level of war in Syria and elsewhere which Donald has rattled about. He is full of empty bluster and everyone in the world already knows it.

      • wjr123

        I believe that you are very wrong. If Trump is elected there will be a shock effect in DC. At least for a while congress will be able to be rolled and some good done. In the longer run the establishment will regroup and counterattack but, with luck, the damage done to them by a Trump election might well be fatal to this particular establishment group.

        Will there always be an establishment, yes, but it needs to be cleaned out ever few decades.

  • kingschitz

    Perfect. We’re going to banish small pox by outlawing skin lesions. From now on, band-aids are required.

  • Terenc Blakely

    Until this invitation/invasion I thought Merkel was the most competent leader of a major country. It seems lefties have a death wish, unfortunately they want to drag everyone else down with them.

  • jim

    The Germans will wear burkas just as enthusiastically as they wore those ugly brown shirts decades ago. They’re sheep.

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