> Germany's Angela Merkel, under severe pressure for her refugee policies, made one of the most unusual speeches of her Chancellorship on Monday in which she said she would like to turn back the clock on her handling of the migrant crisis. I'm Noah Barkin, Reuters special correspondent for Europe in Berlin.
People are calling Merkel's appearance yesterday a mea culpa, but, in reality, this was more about rhetorical shift than a substantive one in order to get her conservative allies onboard. They've been attacking her for the better part of a year. Merkel is doing this now because time is running out.
In December she's expected to make a decision on whether she runs again. In order to do that, she needs to have the Christian Social Union, her Bavarian allies, on board. Their leader, Horst Seehofer, has been extremely critical of Merkel's refugee policies. He's been pushing for a cap on the number of refugees allowed into Germany each year.
He's pushing for a cap of 200,000. Merkel has rejected that, but yesterday she moved in his direction, promising to ensure that the amount of refugees that came in in 2015, that was roughly a million, that would never happen again. Lately, we've seen that Merkel's problems at home are creating problems for her in Europe, outside of Germany.
She attended a summit of the EU 27. Before the ink was dry on the summit conclusions, the Hungarian Prime Minister and the Italian Prime Minister both attacked Merkel personally and the results of the Summit, and this is beginning to hamper her in Europe at a time when Europe faces a host of challenges from Russia to Brexit.