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Merkel: The Refugee Crisis is a Universal Human Rights Issue

In a press conference (31 August, 2015) German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed Germany’s commitment to taking in significant number of asylum-seekers and called for other EU countries to share the burden. Acknowledging that this will be a “huge national challenge … not only for days or months but for a long period of time” she emphasized that this was not a mere matter of charity, but of a duty to respect the “universal civil rights” of the refugees:

“If Europe fails on the question of refugees, if this close link with universal civil rights is broken, then it won’t be the Europe we wished for.”

For excerpts from the press conference see Deutsche Welle, “Merkel warns that refugee crisis tests Europe’s core ideals.”