The Sunday Magazine

Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome! Germany's warm embrace of Syrian refugees

Michael talks to Josef Joffe, publisher-editor of Die Zeit, a weekly German newspaper, about why Germany is flinging open its doors to refugees.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel listens to Reem Sahwil on Wednesday in Rostock, Germany. (Reuters)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has agreed to accept more refugees than any other country in Europe, up to 800 thousand by the end of this year. We look at the impetus for this generosity and at the impact the arrival of so many refugees from Iraq and Syria, may have on Germany's society and its economy.
President Joachim Gauck visits a asylum-seeker home in Berlin-Wilmersdorf and welcomes refugees in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday Aug. 26, 2015. (Credit: Wolfgang Kumm /dpa via AP)

Our guest is Josef Joffe, one of the country's most respected scholars and journalists. He has taught at prestigious schools such as Harvard, Princeton and the University of Munich, and is a Senior Fellow at both Stanford University and the Hoover Institution.

 Since 2000, Mr. Joffe has been editor and publisher of the weekly German newspaper Die Zeit. He spoke with us from Hamburg.
Josef Joffe, editor in chief of the German weekly "Die Zeit". (Getty Images)


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