German Chancellor Angela Merkel has criticised U.S President Donald Trump over the refugee travel ban that came into effect on Friday.
She attacked his position from a perspective of banning people on faith or specific backgrounds to be unjustifiable.
Steffen Seibert, spokesman for Chancellor Merkel said she was strongly against the ban even when implemented to fight terrorism. He said “The Geneva Refugee Convention requires the international community to take in refugees from war on humanitarian grounds. All signatory states are expected to do so. The Chancellor explained this policy to the US President in their call yesterday.
“The German government will now examine what consequences the measure of the US government will have for German citizens with double citizenship and will represent their interests, if necessary, before our American partners.”
Both Merkel and Trump spoke by phone on Saturday, the first time the pair has spoken since Donald Trump’s inauguration.
A Million Syrian Refugees
Germany has taken in a million refugees since the conflict intensified in Syria. This has been seen in many quarters, however, as a mistake. Several horrible terrorist attacks have resulted in a loss in popularity for Merkel’s party.
Others, however, have described the act as humanitarian and she and her party have earned praise.
On Friday, President Trump signed an executive order temporarily banning travellers from Middle Eastern nations such as Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, and Iraq. The temporary ban also applies to refugees. Peoples from these countries with legitimate entry and travel documents who were on the plane when the ban came into force have been denied entry to America.
Merkel herself admitted the refugee policy was a mistake and the German government has now restricted immigration into the country through cutting off various refugee routes.
Her initial humanitarian position has led to resurgence in the far right party, Alternative for Germany, whose popularity has increased.