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Europe can't be home to millions of refugees

The former German chancellor has raised concerns about the number of refugees entering Europe

Deutsche Welle reports: Kohl, who guided Germany through its tumultuous period of reunification, as well as Europe's early stages of integration, said the bloc's peace and freedom could be at stake.

In his statement, the former Chancellor claimed that the current European approach to the unprecedented refugee crisis fails to make the problem less severe for both Europe and the displaced people themselves.

"The solution lies in the affected regions," he wrote. "It does not lie in Europe. Europe cannot become a new home for millions of people in need around the world."

“The column will appear shortly before Kohl meets with Hungarian PM Viktor Orban, who has drawn criticism from other members of the EU for his resistance to taking in refugees, including the erecting of a razor-wire fence along his country's border,” continues the author of the article.

"We are aware that we have something to lose and that it is worth fighting for the European project for peace and freedom," Kohl wrote, referring to Orban.

Kohl’s associates argued that Kohl tries to affront the current German Chancellor Angela Merkel by conducting a controversial meeting with Orban. However, Kohl could nurse a grievance against Merkel, whose open-door immigrant policy is seen as the main reason of the fact that Europe is flooded with refugees.

“Horst Seehofer, another Merkel critic and head of the Christian Social Union (CSU), the sister party of Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU), also drew criticism when he met with Orban in March,” concludes the author of the article.

 

By Stefan Paraber for GIA.

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