Crying refugee girl puts Merkel on the spot

2015-07-16 15:53
German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel. (Odd Anderson, AFP)

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Berlin - Angela Merkel has come under criticism for her awkward treatment of a young refugee girl brought to tears by the German chancellor's comments on asylum.

A video of the encounter on Wednesday afternoon shows the Palestinian girl telling Merkel that her family has been waiting four years for permanent leave to remain in Germany.

Merkel tells the teenager she is "an incredibly likeable person" but Germany can't accommodate all migrants - "some will have to go home," and the government can only promise to speed up decisions.

As the girl burst into tears Merkel walks over to comfort her, saying she wants to "give her a pat."

Katrin Goering-Eckardt, a senior lawmaker with the opposition Green party, tweeted on Thursday that "the mistakes in the government's refugee policies can't be patted away."

Read more on:    angela merkel  |  palestine  |  germany  |  refugees  |  migrants

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