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Poll: Merkel's popularity hit by refugee crisis

AFP · 26 Sep 2015, 16:21

Published: 26 Sep 2015 16:21 GMT+02:00

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Merkel's "strong commitment to the refugees has obviously not been met with much backing," the Der Spiegel weekly newspaper said on the poll published within its pages.

Germany is expecting up to a million refugees and migrants to enter its borders this year, many encouraged by Merkel's welcoming stance.

On Saturday she urged Germans to bring back the spirit of the country’s reunification in 1990 to help face today's challenge of integrating the hundreds of thousands of people fleeing war and misery.

The German Chancellor was placed fourth in the paper's regular popularity contest, carried out by the TNS Forschung institute.

In first place was her foreign minister, the Social Democrat Frank-Walter Steinmeier who won 67 percent support in response to the posed question: which political figures they hoped would "play an important role in future".

Merkel garnered 64 percent in the poll, five points less than in June.

In second place was Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble, who has won plaudits for his handling of the Greek debt crisis. Third was German President Joachim Gauck.

It was the first time in this parliament, which began in 2013, that a Social Democrat, part of Merkel's federal government, came out on top of the poll, according to Der Spiegel.

Meanwhile, Merkel on Saturday urged Germans to bring back the spirit of the country's reunification in 1990 to help face today's challenge of integrating hundreds of thousands of refugeesand migrants.

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"German unity was naturally very special," Merkel said in her weekly podcast ahead of the country's 25th anniversary of reunification on October 3.

While admitting that handling the current wave of migration and facing the task of reunification are two very different things, Merkel said integrating people who are fleeing war and poverty will require a similarly important effort from the whole of German society.

"That general feeling -- when we are faced with a major task that we can achieve -- that, I believe, we can absolutely remember how to do," Merkel said.


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