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"Germany, Germany," shout thousands of refugees, faced with the obvious bad will of Hungary's authorities, in front of Budapest's Keleti railway station. They are dreaming of Germany – not any European country, but Germany – the way, more than a century ago, Europe's poor, fleeing misery – and, in some cases, pogroms – dreamed of America.For the first child, Germany meant certain death; for the second, it offers hope for a better life.And Germany does not represent just an abstract hope; the country is welcoming more migrants than any of its European counterparts, with Chancellor Angela Merkel having announced that the country would take at least 800,000 asylum-seekers this year. If Germany behaves in a more dignified manner, it is thanks not just to Merkel's political leadership, but also to the fact that Germans are more secure than most Europeans.Likewise, Hungary is not protecting Europe by building walls to keep refugees out.Europe needs refugees to prosper, and the refugees need Europe to survive.
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