Saturday, July 23, 2016
German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces a furious backlash as the city of Munich mourns its dead in the wake of the horrific shootings by an Iranian Muslim
As the horrifying scenes from Germany's third largest city sparked outrage across the world many in Germany pinned the blame directly on the country's leading politician and her open door policy on migrants. Police revealed that the gunman who killed nine people and injured at least 20 others at a Munich shopping mall is an 18-year-old "German" of Iranian descent Ali Sonboly. Now furious Germans, and critics across Europe, are rounding on Angela Merkel and calling on the Chancellor to resign. Chancellor Merkel's ruling party suffered widespread losses to the anti-immigrant Alternative für Deutschland in the recent local elections. And as the nation gets set to go to vote in the national federal elections in 2017, polls are suggesting she could be ousted. Recently, Germany’s interior minister warned of the serious threat from lone wolf attacks in the country and across Europe, telling the public to expect further attacks. The stark assessment of Germany’s security situation follows a warning from the French Prime Minster that his country should learn to live with the threat from Islamist extremists. Speaking in Berlin, Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière said that the Afghan refugee who attacked train passengers with an ax in the southern state of Bavaria was now thought be from Pakistan. Responding to the incident, which was claimed by Islamic State, the senior German cabinet minster said that similar attacks were highly likely.