Asylum-Seeker Names Baby After Angela Merkel

An asylum-seeker from Ghana has named her baby after the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, describing the country's leader as "a very good woman."

The baby, Angela Merkel Ade, was born in February,and lives with her mother and her six-year-old sister in a disused hospital in Hanover along with around 730 other asylum-seekers. The hospital has been transformed into a home for those waiting to find out if their asylum claims have been accepted.

Baby Merkel's mother, 26-year-old, Ophelya Ade, was quoted as saying that she chose her daughter's name because the German chancellor "is a very good woman, I like her", and that the name represents "hope," according to the German news agency DPA.

The fate of baby Merkel and her family is unclear at present, although the director of the asylum home where the family is staying has explained that if the baby is granted permission to stay in Germany, her mother will also be able to stay.

Germany continues to accept the most asylum seekers out of any European country. More than 300,000 asylum seekers have registered in Germany since the start of 2015, according to the German daily newspaper Die Welt, and some German politicians predict that Germany could receive 700,000 this year, according to The Times.

Earlier this month, it was announced that the German army would be deployed to help erect tents and beds for refugees arriving in the country. Regional authorities have voiced their concerns to the government that resources to house the growing influx are running out.

In July, Merkel caused a furore when a teenage Palestinian asylum seeker burst into tears in front of her, as the chancellor explained in front of a live audience on television why Germany could not accept every asylum-seeker seeking refuge in the country.

During the discussion the teenager, Reem, told Merkel that she and her family, who arrived in Germany from a Lebanese refugee camp four years ago, faced deportation. "I have goals like anyone else. I want to study like them ... it's very unpleasant to see how others can enjoy life, and I can't myself," she said.

Merkel told the teenager "politics is sometimes hard", before going over to comfort her. Her response to the young girl divided opinion, with some critics on social media accusing the chancellor of insensitivity.

"You're right in front of me now and you're an extremely nice person," she continued. "But you also know in the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon are thousands and thousands and if we were to say you can all come ... we just can't manage it."

It was later revealed that Reem and her family would be allowed to stay in Germany, the Minister for Integration announced.