German Chancellor Angela Merkel is not one for rabble-rousing. In 11 years as the leader of Germany, her speeches are usually sobering analyses of thorny political and economic dilemmas, using only her signature diamond-shaped hand gesture to punctuate her points.
But on Tuesday night, “Mutti” or “Mom,” as she is affectionately called, made an impassioned plea to her party: “I have also asked you for a lot,” she told the more than 1,000 members of her Christian Democratic Union gathered, “because the times have asked us for a lot. I know that very well. And I cannot promise that the demands in the future will be any less because we have to do what the times demand from us.”
Merkel is facing tremendous pressure from voters — as well as from her own party — for allowing more than 890,000 asylum seekers into the country last year.… Seguir leyendo »