Barenboim declares support for Angela Merkel’s refugee stancemain
‘I am a great admirer of Mrs Merkel‘s campaign,’ he has told the German press agency:
By making the clear statement “We can do this,” Merkel really stuck her neck out, he said, arguing that now she must not lose her nerve. If she manages that, “I believe she will prevail.”
Barenboim, 72, said refugees who had been accepted needed to have greater support through cultural education.
“Germany has been exemplary in how it has dealt with its past during the Nazi era,” he said. “But now the next step is necessary: Germans should also be ready to share their great German culture with the new arrivals … That would be the best defence of European values.”