Monday 24 October 2016

Germany split

Published 07/09/2015 | 02:30

Angela Merkel's decision to allow thousands of migrants to enter Germany caused a rift in her conservative bloc when her Bavarian allies accused her of giving "a totally wrong signal" to Europe.

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Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann, whose Christian Social Union (CSU) is the regional sister party of Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) in Berlin's ruling coalition, accused her of having pushed forward without asking Germany's federal states that had to deal with the migrant influx.

Bavarian Premier Horst Seehofer and other CSU leaders agreed in a conference call that Merkel's green light to migrants stuck in Hungary was a "wrong decision by the federal government".

Aylan officer's pain

The police officer who discovered the lifeless body of Aylan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish shore said he was "crushed deep down" when he realised the boy was dead.

Mehmet Ciplak was pictured carrying the three-year-old from the beach in Bodrum in a photo which triggered an international outcry over the refugee crisis.

But Mr Ciplak said he was praying the little boy was still alive as he scooped him up.

"It was a terrible sight, it was a terrible loss."

Aunt's visa hopes

AYLAN Kurdi's aunt says she still hopes to bring the rest of her family to Canada, which she made her home more than two decades ago.

Her brother, Abdullah, isn't ready to leave his Syrian hometown of Kobani, where he returned and buried his sons and wife Rehanna on Friday, Tima Kurdi said.

"One day, I will bring him here. He cannot be by himself there," Ms Kurdi said.

Family, friends and strangers packed a small theatre for a memorial service in Vancouver.

Fiorina fears terrorism

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina insists the US should not open its doors any wider to welcome Syrian refugees streaming into Europe.

The former technology executive cited concerns about terrorism in explaining her position during a TV interview, saying the US "sadly, cannot relax our entrance criteria".

Fiorina said the US should be "very careful about who we let enter this country from these war-torn regions to ensure that terrorists are not coming here".

Irish Independent

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