Germany’s Real Refugee Crisis

Germany’s growing refugee crisis has prompted experts to question the country’s foreign policy regarding the troubled neighborhood around Europe’s frontier. In this article from The New York Times, Clemins Wergin, Washington bureau chief for Die Welt and a frequent contributor to AICGS, suggests that Germany’s continuing unwillingness to offer intervention in regional conflicts, especially through military means, contributed to the escalation of these conflicts and prompted large-scale refugee migration into Europe and Germany itself. A sustainable long-term strategy to manage this kind of crisis, according to Wergin, is for Germany to work with other European powers and take military action when needed.

This article originally appeared in The New York Times on September 15, 2015. Read the article here.

The views expressed are those of the author(s) alone. They do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies.

Clemens Wergin

Die Welt

Clemens Wergin is the Washington Bureau Chief of Die Welt.