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The way I read it, Merkel & co's subliminal message longside the quota proposals was "see, we are doing something to reduce the numbers of refugees in our country, by forcing other countries to "share the burden". That refugees are always too many for the xenophobes is then an error in the calculation. A bigger one is that the quota proposals implicitly (or even explicitly) accept the validity of the claim that "there are too many refugees", to the benefit of opponents to the right, without a political gain for the governments.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun Oct 2nd, 2016 at 09:00:29 PM EST
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