Merkel to limit refugee entry after criticism from own party

Merkel wants to silence critics in CDU by announcing that she will reduce refugee influx in party congress

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Germany's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) deputy head Julia Kloeckner, secretary general Peter Tauber, Chancellor Angela Merkel, Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen and managing director Klaus Schueler (L-R) on their meeting in Karlsruhe, Dec. 13.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to reduce the refugee influx in her country to silence rising conservative voices on the eve of a party congress, she told on late Sunday in a Germany's regional public-service broadcaster ARD. 

Conservatives in her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) expressed their discontent of Merkel’s open-door policy for refugees that she wants to “drastically decrease” the number of it.

At the CDU party congress at least 1,000 delegates will listen to Merkel on her strategies and her measures to reduce the numbers of refugees.

"All of Germany is debating these issues. But for me it is very important to say that we are going to live up to our humanitarian responsibility, and our responsibility to Europe," Merkel on a TV.

Germany announced in September that they will take temporarily one million refugee in 2015.

"At the same time we took on board the concerns of the people, who are worried about the future, and this means we want to reduce, we want to drastically decrease the number of people coming to us," Merkel said.

Merkel in her interview also said that the limitation of refugees does not reflect CDU’s main resolution which will be debated on Monday in party congress.

She said that alongside of discontent, there was broad support of her strategy that aims to reduce the numbers.

On her strategy Merkel is working with Turkey against traffickers, improving the situation at Syrian refugee camps in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.

Another side of her strategy, Merkel wants to reduce the numbers because the state elections Germany will hold in March, which she wants to run for fourth term in 2017, would be in danger.

Merkel also aims to calm other European Union member states who faced with hard resistance to a quota system for refugee influx which Hungary give out openly and constructed border fences with its Serbian and Slovenian borders.

TRTWorld and agencies