"The European Union has become a one way street: there is money, but not solidarity," says DWN, referring to warnings from Merkel and French President Francois Hollande that the "end of Europe" threatens, if the union cannot find a joint solution to the migrant crisis, which they believe involves a "further deepening" of the EU.
In opposition to such calls for solidarity, however, DWN remarks that European governments are either building walls on their border, like Hungary and Slovenia, or preparing to do so, like Croatia and Austria. Other states, including Sweden and Bavaria, want to impose entry restrictions.
DWN: Merkel in der Falle: Die Götterdämmerung hat begonnen: Die deutsche Flüchtlingspolitik im Spätherbst 2015… https://t.co/jo9fzXkDwV— M. Kleine-Hartlage (@Korrektheiten) 21 ноября 2015
DWN: Merkel in a trap: The twilight of the gods has begun: German refugee policy in late autumn 2015.
The newspaper remarks on the importance of resolving the Syrian crisis, because most of the refugees in Europe are fleeing the conflict there.
"Shauble said that politics is a rendezvous with reality. The fact is, that Bashar al-Assad was elected president in 2000 with 97 percent of votes, and again in 2014 with 89 percent. It is obvious that he is not a political leader according to our expectations. His regime is authoritarian and inhumane. But it is also a fact that all religious communities can function undisturbed under Assad."
"Turkey is now further away from international law and 'European values' than ever before … someone who puts the constitutional bar as low as our chancellor will struggle to find a country not to designate a safe country of origin."
Despite previously being firmly against Turkish accession to the EU, Merkel is now giving Turkish president Erdogan hopes of speedy progress in accession talks, as well as billions of euros in payments, and visa exemption for Turkish citizens, in return for not allowing refugees to travel beyond Turkey.
"With Lutheran straightforwardness she has waged war against her own people. Will she also have the courage to have a clear word with the foreign nations, which have triggered this recent migration?"