Meanwhile, mayor Michael Müller continues the Left’s irresponsible politics of demonization as he likens an anti-immigration party to the Nazis. The Nazis, you may recall, forbade Jews to emigrate after 1940 so that they could kill them. The Alternative for Germany party wants to keep Muslims from immigrating so that jihadis won’t kill Germans. Those two stances couldn’t be less equivalent.
“Merkel wishes she could ‘turn back time’ over refugees as her party makes historic losses in Berlin state elections with mayor warning of ‘resurgence of Nazis in Germany,'” by Rory Tingle, Mailonline, September 19, 2016:
Angela Merkel’s party has made historic losses in elections for the Berlin state parliament after a mayor warned of a resurgence of Nazis in Germany.
Many voters turned to the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD), which with 13 per cent of the vote will enter the German capital’s assembly for the first time, according to initial projections.
Before the election, mayor Michael Müller had warned that a double-digit total for the AfD would’ be seen around the world as a sign of the return of the rightwing and the Nazis in Germany’.
Mrs Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union polled at 18 per cent – a drop of 5 points.
The centre-left Social Democrats (SPU) dropped 6 per cent to 22, but remain the largest party, and are expected to ditch the CDU from their current coalition.
It comes as Mrs Merkel admitted she wished she could ‘turn back time’ to prepare herself over the refugee crisis that unfolded in 2015.
On Saturday Merkel announced plans to jettison her ‘we can do this’ mantra about accommodating refugees as her poll ratings continued to slump.
‘It’s become a simple slogan, an almost meaningless formula,’ she told a German newspaper, adding: ‘Some feel provoked by the expression which of course was not the idea.’
The vote comes two weeks after the CDU was beaten into third place in the eastern state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania by the anti-immigrant AfD.
A year before a national election, the result in Berlin is set to raise pressure on Merkel and deepen rifts in her conservative camp, with more sniping expected from her Christian Social Union (CSU) allies in Bavaria.
The CSU’s finance minister Markus Soeder was quick to call it the ‘second massive wake-up call’ in two weeks.
‘A long-term and massive loss in trust among traditional voters threatens the conservative bloc,’ he told Bild.
He called on the Chancellor’s right-left national coalition to win back support by changing course on its immigration policy.
In particular, they want a cap of 200,000 refugees per year, which Merkel rejects.
The secretary general of Merkel’s CDU, Peter Tauber, partly blamed the CSU for the losses in Berlin, which only 27 years ago was the front line of the Cold War.
‘If there is a dispute within the conservative bloc, it doesn’t help us on the ground – especially if this dispute is carried out in the way it is being done from Munich,’ he said.
A backlash against her migrant policy has raised questions about whether Merkel, Europe’s most powerful leader, will stand for a fourth term next year.
Given a dearth of options in her party, however, she is still the most likely candidate.
Today, she pledged that there would be no repeat of last year’s ‘chaotic’ border opening to refugees, after the latest stinging defeat for her party.
Even as she defended the ‘political and ethical’ decision to let in one million asylum seekers in 2015 in the face of a potential humanitarian catastrophe, Merkel reached out to critics.
‘If I could, I would turn back time many, many years to better prepare myself, the federal government and all those in positions of responsibility for the situation we were rather unprepared for in the late summer of 2015,’ Merkel said.
In an unusually frank opening statement, Merkel said the errors of the past included a long-standing refusal to accept Germany’s transformation into a multicultural society.
‘We weren’t exactly the world champions in integration before the refugee influx,’ she wryly admitted, noting that the infrastructure for getting newcomers into language and job training had to be ramped up overnight.
Merkel acknowledged that her ‘We can do it’ rallying cry during the refugee crisis had become a provocation to many who felt it expressed a glibness about the challenges ahead and said she would now refrain from using it.
But she continued to resist calls from within her conservative bloc to set a formal upper limit for the number of asylum seekers admitted to Germany….