Angela Merkel backs plan for a 'safe zone' for migrants in northern Syria which could be enforced by German troops
[MAIL] German chancellor Angela Merkel has thrown her support behind her defence minister's controversial plan for a 'safe zone' in northern Syria enforced by Western troops - possibly even German ones.

Merkel told conservative MPs that the idea was 'very promising, even if there are many questions', sources in the parliamentary party said.

The chancellor's decision to welcome a million Syrian migrants in 2015 has tarnished her political standing at home, but the idea of a 'safe zone' has previously been mooted to reduce the outflow of refugees from the war-torn country.

But Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer's plan has already met with resistance from Merkel's coalition partners, the Social Democrats (SPD).

One SPD member, Heiko Maas, told reporters the idea had provoked a 'certain degree of irritation' among NATO allies.

It is the first time Berlin has proposed a military mission in the Middle East.
Posted by: Besoeker 2019-10-23