Angela Merkel “was right” to take in nearly 1 million refugees in 2015, binge-drinking EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has shockingly said in an interview.
Jean-Claude Juncker has praised Angela Merkel for her devastatingly irresponsible decision to let in nearly 1 million refugees in the autumn of 2015.
“History will prove her right,” the EU Commission president told Germany’s mass circulation dailyBild. “If she had closed the German borders, Austria and Hungary would have collapsed due to the high number of refugees. That’s the truth,” he added.
Despite the fact that the decision ruined Europe, was exploited by ISIS, and directly led to endless Islamic terrorist attacks that have claimed hundreds of innocent lives, Merkel, he says, did not divide or unite the EU, as “no single person can lead or split the EU.” If you want to achieve something in Europe, you “consistently need reliable partners.”
Germany, he believes, is like a “sluggish tanker” in the bloc not a “speedboat,” but he says Merkel did the right thing when it counted. “Not on her own, but as co-leader with many other clever people,” he told Bild.
Merkel was heavily criticized at home, as well as abroad for taking in so many refugees in 2015 at the height of what many called Europe’s refugee crisis.
At the time, she assured her fellow Germans that “we can do this,” a phrase often cited and mocked by those who believe Germany should not let in too many migrants or those disappointed with the lack of support from the federal government with integrating the migrants.