Support for Angela Merkel plunges after attacks in Germany

Published August 5th, 2016 - 04:44 GMT
The German chancellor has refused to change her refugee policy after recent attacks by asylum-seekers.
The German chancellor has refused to change her refugee policy after recent attacks by asylum-seekers.

Public support for Germany’s chancellor has declined significantly after a series of extremist attacks have rocked the Western European country. 

A poll conducted by the German TV channel ARD found that public backing for Merkel has fallen 12 points from her July score to 47 percent of respondents, according to a Reuters report published Friday. 

In April 2015, before the wave of refugees swelled to new heights, Merkel was supported by 75 percent of Germans, Reuters said. 

On July 24, a suicide bomb attack in the German city of Ansbach injured 15 people. The attack was committed by a Syrian asylum-seeker who was denied asylum in Germany, but given temporary permission to stay in the country, according to the BBC. 

Six days before, an Afghan refugee who had pledged allegiance to Daesh (ISIS) carried out a knife and axe attack on a German train, wounding five people. 

On July 22, an 18-year-old Iranian-German carried out a shooting attack in Munich that left nine people dead. The 18-year-old, however, was not a refugee and is said to have been inspired by right-wing Norwegian extremist Anders Breivik.  

Merkel has said the recent attacks will not change her refugee policy. The violent extremists who killed to tried to kill Germans “wanted to undermine our sense of community, our openness and our willingness to help people in need,” she said, according to the BBC. “We firmly reject this.”  

-Hunter Stuart


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