[3/13/17] Angela Merkel only let thousands of immigrants into Germany because she was worried that if she didn’t there would be clashes with police which would look bad on television.
At the height of the migrant crisis in September 2015 Merkel was warned that 40,000 people were moving from the Balkans through Austria towards Bavaria, southern Germany.
During a telephone conference with Thomas de Maizière, the interior minister, and other top officials, Merkel agreed a measure to seal the border.
Thousands of police were then secretly sent to the Austrian border to stem the influx. German media learnt of the deployment but agreed to a reporting blackout for security reasons.
But then de Maizière approached Dieter Romann, Germany’s most senior policeman, with two questions on behalf of the chancellor. “Can we live with the images that will come out of this?” de Maizière demanded, according to the book. “What happens if 500 refugees with children in their arms run towards the border guards?”