In a shocking admission, German Chancellor Angela Merkel confirmed in a comment that there are “no-go areas” in Germany.
“No-go areas” refer to areas with high levels of crime that prevent outsiders and emergency services, like police and ambulances, from safely entering the area.
The comments were made by Merkel in an interview on Monday with German broadcaster n-tv where Merkel spoke in favor of zero tolerance policies on crime, arguing people have a right to feel safe in public areas. When pressed, Merkel specified the policies were to prevent no-go areas, admitting “there are such areas and one has to call them by their name and do something about them.”
“It means for example that there cannot be any no-go areas, that there cannot be areas where no-one dares to go but there are such places,” she said. “One has to call them by name and do something about it,” she added. Neither Merkel nor Johannes Dimroth, Germany’s Interior Ministry spokesman, would publicly identify the locations of such areas.
The Associated Press reported that the Chancellor’s concession left many German officials “speechless.”
The admission is a break from previously repeated dismissals that no-go areas existed. Critics of Germany’s open border policy have long warned about such areas, which primarily consist of recent refugees and migrants from Africa and the Middle East, noting that they represent a clear failure of integration by new migrants.
While Merkel admitted such areas exist, she did not make a connection to her party’s immigration policies. When pressed to name the areas, Merkel’s spokesman Steffan Seibert only replied that “the chancellor’s words speak for themselves.”