Europe's Refugee Disaster Merkel Losing Her Patience with Lack of EU Solidarity

The German government feels it has been left in the lurch by most of its EU partners on asylum policy. Even refugee hardliner Horst Seehofer, Germany's interior minister, has some choice words for Austria.
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz in 2018: "If we do nothing, we are strengthening the political fringes."

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz in 2018: "If we do nothing, we are strengthening the political fringes."

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Refugee children on Lesbos: "We will not be following the German path on this issue."

Refugee children on Lesbos: "We will not be following the German path on this issue."

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen: "It won't be enough just to hand out a few warm blankets."

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen: "It won't be enough just to hand out a few warm blankets."

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"Those who refuse to show solidarity on migration policy cannot lay claim to solidarity benefits elsewhere."

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer

"Germany should not act unilaterally again. That sends the wrong message. All further solutions must be European."

Andrea Lindholz (CSU), chair of the Domestic Affairs Committee in German parliament