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Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | Tuesday, August 25, 2015

German Chancellor must visit refugee homes

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday condemned the attacks on a refugee shelter in the town of Heidenau in Saxony. She had previously been criticised for not making a statement immediately after the riots. Merkel's statements were still inadequate in view of the situation, the left-wing daily taz complains: "They ignore the huge need for concrete aid. They say nothing about the suffering of the refugees. And they make no mention of all those who have worked in recent weeks to provide the help the German federal states and local authorities are no longer able to provide. … The fact that violent Nazis are turning public space into a violence zone only confirms that these people seem confident of widespread acceptance. The chancellor may take a different view when she says she is glad that the 'the vast majority' sees the situation the way she does. But what exactly does she see of the reality of the situation? She still hasn't visited the places where it's all going on, for example a refugee shelter or a reception centre."

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