So for those of you who need translation into the latest newspeak: Letting your country be overrun by an uncontrolled migration of more than one million unvetted foreigners from a profoundly different culture, who profess a religion with large elements that are hostile to Western freedoms—and then forcing your citizens to pay for it. That is “uniting.” Demanding that your country exercise its sovereignty, enforce its border regulations, and pursue the interests of it’s own citizens first—that’s “dividing.” Thanks for clearing that up Mr. President. Actually on second thought, Merkel did unite the country and right and left came together to question the insane desire of their country’s elites to immolate Germany in the name of political correctness.
I don’t mean to be smug about what is undoubtedly a humanitarian tragedy with complex causes and effects (though it seems that many recent arrivals were economic migrants rather than refugees) but only a Democrat (or a Merkel) would be unable to grasp the idea that one of the biggest ways to stop unnecessary migrant deaths is to make it clear that you will not allow unauthorized entrants. Australia did that, and the illegal migrant boats stopped.
Perhaps Merkel was hoping to boost Germany’s population since Germans, having largely taken up the fashionable leftist cultural trends, have decided that having kids is so 20th century. Germany currently about 1.4 children per woman (an amount boosted by immigrants—the birth rate for natives is 1.3) and so without immigration, Germany’s population would be crashing. What could go wrong, though? Just ask the French and Belgians and they’ll tell you how outstandingly their immigration policies have worked out.