Ger­mans lose faith in Merkel

Daily Mail - - Front Page -

HALF of Ger­mans want An­gela Merkel to step down as Chan­cel­lor as the hos­tile back­lash against her han­dling of the mi­gra­tion cri­sis grows.

The leader is fac­ing mount­ing calls to quit af­ter ten years in power. A poll for news­pa­per Bild found 48 per cent of Ger­mans do not want her to stand for a fourth term as Chan­cel­lor at the next elec­tions, due to be held in 017. In com­par­i­son, 44 per cent said they wanted her to run again. And 47 per cent of vot­ers be­lieve Mrs Merkel has han­dled the mi­grant cri­sis badly. Her ap­proval rat­ings have dropped from 75 per cent in April to less than 50 per cent in re­cent weeks.

She has also been ac­cused of spurring more mi­grants to come to Europe by al­low­ing all Syr­ian refugees to seek asy­lum in Ger­many. More than 181,000 mi­grants are thought to have ar­rived in the coun­try dur­ing Novem­ber – a record monthly high.

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