The Driven Ones

Merkel and refugee policy: report from inside the centre of power

Original Title: Die Getriebenen

Hardcover with jacket, 288 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-8275-0093-9
€ 10.00 [D] | € 10.30 [A] | CHF 14.50 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Siedler

Date of publication: March 13, 2017
This title is available.


Rights sold to: Poland (Teologia Polityczna)

Robin  Alexander - The Driven Ones


A critical inside report on the Chancellor's refugee policy

Angela Merkel's decision in autumn 2015 to open the borders for refugees split the country – some praised the moral stance, others criticised the surrender of sovereignty. Yet what would appear to be well-planned activity is in reality a policy of muddling along, chance, trial and error.

Robin Alexander's chronicle of the refugee crisis shows that the political actors are being driven along, crushed between self-imposed constraints and events that have spun out of control.

As a Welt am Sonntag correspondent, Robin Alexander has been looking behind the scenes of the Chancellor's office for years. In this book – based on research in Berlin, Brussels, Vienna, Budapest and Turkey – he has reconstructed in minute detail the key decisions during six fateful months and, using the example of the probably most dramatic chapter in recent German history, tells us how politics is made today.

• # 1 Spiegel bestseller

• More than 60,000 copies sold

"A political non-fiction thriller."

The Guardian


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