It remains to be seen whether Berlin truck attack will topple Merkel, says foreign correspondent

'Some have been quick to point the finger at Angela Merkel after the Berlin truck attack', says foreign correspondent

Many have paid tribute to the victims

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Guardian's foreign correspondent has said it's too early to say whether yesterday's massacre in Berlin will bring the downfall of Angela Merkel and usher Germany's right-wing populists into the mainstream.

Kate Connolly was speaking to Sam Delaney after an as-yet unidentified assailant rammed a truck into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin, killing at least 12 people.

Ms Merkel has been under considerable pressure over her migrant policy in recent months, with the right-wing Alternativ fur Deutschland party riding a wave of islamophobic sentiment.

Germany is set to hold leadership elections next year, and Connolly said “It remains to be seen how this might affect the outcome of that election."

She added: "People are in a deep state of shock, Germany has been awaiting something like this for some time, but had thought maybe they were going to be spared [the sort of] events that we’ve seen in Brussels and in Paris.

"I think a lot of people are hesitant to [apportion blame], saying 'lets wait and see what is actually behind this.'" However “there have been many people quick to point the finger at Angela Merkel saying she has brought the terror to Germany with her open-door refugee policy."

Listen to the full interview to find out more