Germany puts army on standby after its generous approach to migrants backfires
GERMANY has put 4,000 troops on standby as the country buckles under the pressure of the record-breaking number of migrants arriving in the country.
4,000 troops are on standby as Germany struggles to cope with the migrant influx
The German Defence Minister has admitted that the country verges on “an emergency” after cracks have begun to emerge in the ‘German generosity’.
Germany has been viewed as a leader on Europe’s worst refugee crisis for 70 years, with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s expectation that the country will take in 800,000 this year alone.
However, the move appears to have backfired as German towns struggle to process the unprecedented number of arrivals.
Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said: “For this weekend alone we have put 4,000 soldiers on standby.”
He added that the troops would be able “to pitch in in an emergency”.
More migrants have arrived at Munich’s train station since the start of September than in the whole of 2014.
About 120,000 refugees arrived in Munich in August and more than 25,000 came last weekend.
Some in Germany have questioned Merkel’s ‘generous’ response
Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier added that about 40,000 migrants are expected this weekend alone.
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