“She only eats German food!” Said Little Angela Maai, now at the age of five.
The fall of 2015 was a special moment of compassion and redemption for the country that committed the Holocaust. Many Germans call it their “autumn fairy tale”. But it also caused years of populist counterattacks, bolding non-liberal leaders like Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Oban and pushing the far-right party into the German parliament for the first time since World War II. rice field.
Today, European border guards are exercising power against immigrants. Refugee camps remain noisy. And European leaders pay Turkey and Libya to completely prevent people in need from attempting their journey. During the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, European choirs quickly insisted that refugees would not be welcomed on the continent.
“There are two stories here, one for success and one for terrible failure,” said Merkel, the first president of the European Stability Initiative, who informally advised Chancellor on migration for more than a decade. One Gerald Naus said. “Merkel did the right thing in Germany, but she lost the problem in Europe.”
Escaped from war, torture and turmoil in Syria, Muhmad and Widad now live on Sunshine Street in the western German city of Gelsenkirchen. In the living room on the 3rd floor, a close-up of Merkel’s smile is a screen saver for a large-screen flat-screen TV, and it always has a strong presence.
“She is our guardian angel,” said Widad, a 35-year-old 6-year-old mother, who asked her and her family to be identified by their name alone to protect Syrian relatives. Told. “Angela Merkel did something big, beautiful, something the Arabian leaders didn’t do for us.”
“We have nothing to repay her,” she added. “So we named it after our daughter.”
Angela, or Angie, whom her parents call her, is now five years old. Animated girl with big hazel eyes and cascade curls, Angie loves to talk to her five siblings in German. Her sister Hadia, 13, wants to be a dentist. 11-year-old Fatima loves math.
“There is no difference between boys and girls in school here. That’s a good thing,” Widad said. “I hope Angela will grow like Chancellor Merkel. She is a strong woman with a big heart.”