The League leader singled out the German Chancellor on Monday, not long after blasting French President Emmanuel Macron, saying, “It is true that in recent years she has underestimated the risk of social conflict by claiming that there is room for hundreds of thousands of these people in Germany,”Kronen Zeitungreports.
Reacting to the recent protests in the eastern German city of Chemnitz, which came after a local man had been brutally stabbed to death, allegedly by asylum seekers, Salvini commented, “I can remember what happened on that New Year’s Eve in Cologne and elsewhere,” referencing the mass sex attacks on New Year’s Eve 2015/16.
“But the German government underestimated the problem for years. The rise of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) is a clear reaction to it. That’s the answer many dissatisfied Germans try to give,” he added.
The comments follow those of populist Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš who said that “Chemnitz is around the corner” if Europe does not stem the flow of mass migration adding that it could even be a “threat to European civilisation.”