Merkel says terrorism is not connected with refugees
Refugees didn’t bring terrorism to Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday at a party event in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.
Merkel still thinks that two issues - Muslim refugees and Islamist terrorism – should be separated even after her popularity was eroded after a series of attacks last month. "The phenomenon of Islamist terrorism, of IS, is not a phenomenon that came to us with the refugees,"
Merkel said at an election campaign event for her Christian Democrats on Wednesday.
She added that Islam belonged in the country as long as it was practiced in a way that respected the constitution."We have said clearly that an Islam that works and lives on the basis of the constitution ... belongs to Germany,"
Also at the party event ahead of a regional vote on September 4, Chancellor said it’s “apparent” that terror groups are seeking to win recruits among asylum seekers in Germany.
Last year more than a million people arrived to Germany escaping from poor life conditions in their native Middle East and Africa countries. The Germans raised their worries about migrants after a spate of attacks on civilians last month as two of them were committed by asylum seekers who had pledged allegiance to Islamic State.
Lately Merkel's popularity has suffered in the wake of the attacks, 52 percent of Germans think her migrant policy is bad, a poll published last week showed. So far, Merkel is defending her refugee policy.
Such disputable Chancellor’s refugee policy has boosted support for the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD), which is expected to perform well in elections in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Berlin.