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Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Exodus to Europe: German solidarity has its limits

There are limits to how much solidarity Germany can show with the refugees, the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung warns: "It may not fit in with the 'summer idyll' to voice doubts about the stamina of German solidarity, but even those who are donating clothes or teaching German are now asking - albeit quietly - how the refugees will change the country. … The impressive solidarity will reach its limits when individuals start to feel that their freedom is being too restricted. For some that will be when the local gymnasium can't be used for months because it has been turned into a shelter. For those receiving Hartz IV unemployment benefits who have a hard time supporting their family it is hard to understand why the state is providing such generous support to the refugees. It is impossible to predict when a society will reach its breaking point. Its resilience does not go hand in hand with economic prosperity. Dealing with diffuse fears among the population is difficult; but ignoring them can't be the solution."

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