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Angela Merkel lost control of the refugee crisis

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Germany will manage to cope with the migration crisis keeping to a balanced and deficit-free budget without taking on new debt, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in an interview with the Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

According to her, all concerns about new state debts are "totally unfounded".

However, more and more people express their disagreement with the German government's migration policy from day to day. According to the Independent, current opinion polls show that more than 80 per cent of Germans think Merkel's government has "lost control" of the refugee crisis.

Merkel's policy has brought to a serious dissent in the German society and has become a subject to a sharp criticism both from the opposition and the allies in the ruling coalition. For instance, Bavarian Governor Horst Seehofer says that "the country is divided" and "Europe is stressed and disunited".

The funds allocated to cope with refugees' influx have gone beyond all limits. A new study by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research says the German government will have to spend 50 billion euros on refugees during this year and next.

The Germans are displeased by the fact that Berlin has managed to achieve the balanced budget within several years by gradually limiting social benefits and increasing taxes. And now the money saved will be spend on migrants and financial help to the countries that can't cope with the crisis by themselves.

One by one the European states temporarily suspend the Schengen agreement on open borders due to the unbalanced German policy. Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann said the EU external borders are not secured enough. "Anyone who arrives at our border is subject to control," Faymann said adding that economic migrants should go home.

So, Angela Merkel's migration policy has brought to a dissent in the European Union. Against the backdrop of the economic crisis of recent years, unilateral actions of European member-states may only strengthen the positions of Eurosceptics, accelerate the disintegration process and put the "whole EU in question" in the near future.

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George Koplan is seeking a bachelors degree in political science at the National University of Ireland. He is mostly interested in the global politics and the Middle East.

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