Khalil Khalil came to Germany five years ago as a refugee, but he doesn’t see himself as one now. He speaks German, has an apartment and holds a trainee position. This was only possible with collective action, he writes.
“Wir schaffen das!” — “We can do it!” — a phrase that outraged some but that others accepted as a challenge. You can think what you like about Angela Merkel, but these words will remain the most signifant ones she has uttered during her long chancellorship.
That is partly because she has always stayed the course in tempestuous times and ensured stability. The phrase contributed enormously to her reputation — outside of Germany even more than inside the country itself. It is and remains omnipresent.
Merkel was very well-known in my home country of Syria long before ...