Gee, he never saw that coming now did he?
The German town that said ‘nein’ to Angela Merkel’s migrants: SUE REID reports from Salzgitter after its mayor called a moratorium on accepting any more foreigners
The Christmas market selling Santa chocolates, Advent wreaths and spiced wine is in full swing. In a German town with an unrivalled record of welcoming migrants and making them feel at home, excited children wave from carousel rides as shoppers chattering in German and Arabic mingle.
On the face of it, it’s a relaxed scene of which Angela Merkel, the German leader, would surely approve. Except that here in Salzgitter, things are abruptly changing. It’s pro-refugee Mayor has declared a moratorium on any more foreigners coming to join the 5,800 (pictured) who have already arrived.