Bavaria Rebels could Unseat Merkel on Migration

17 June, 2018, 17:39 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Chancellor Angela Merkel leaves the Reichstag in Berlin after a day of wrangling within the CDU and the CSU

Merkel is facing a rebellion from her hardline Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, who demands that German border police be given the right to turn back migrants without identity papers or who are already registered elsewhere in the European Union.

But with other EU members, most prominently Italy and France, at loggerheads on the issue, and with Merkel having admitted herself it is highly unlikely a European deal can be reached so quickly, the decision to wait until 28 June might do little other than buy Merkel a stay of execution.

Amidst the surprise announcement by the European Central Bank to detail its QE exit and alter its rate guidance, a report had surfaced that the German coalition that took 6 months to form could be on the brink of collapse with Bavarian sister party CSU threatening to break away due to different opinions over immigration policy.

He has now started to draw support for his ideas from Ms Merkel's own party, as well as from other countries.

Stolbenberg said he's glad Germany's spending is rising but added: "I encourage Germany to do more, because Germany is the biggest economy in Europe".

The conservative alliance headed by Angela Merkel may splinter in a row over immigration, an ally of Germany's Chancellor said on Friday, as the third party in her fragile government suggested its patience was wearing thin.

Chancellor Merkel also slammed President Trump's long-held view that Germany takes advantage of the USA with a massive trade surplus, claiming that if the repatriated European profits of U.S. internet giants - Google, Amazon and Apple - were included, then the United States would actually be in account surplus with the EU.

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According to Bild, Mr. Seehofer and Mrs. Merkel had disagreed over the idea of returning migrants to the border if they had been refused asylum in other nations or had applied for asylum in more than one European Union member state.

Migrant numbers have declined steeply in the past two years, but Germany is still registering about 11,000 new asylum-seekers per month.

But the emotional immigration issue has opened a rift between them that is deepening as the CSU faces an electoral threat by the AfD in a state poll in October.

The CDU and the Social Democrats (SPD) alone lack a majority in parliament. However, German media report it has been delayed because of on-going disagreement with Chancellor Merkel.

A spokesman for the CDU said her party's leadership supported her proposal for asylum seekers who have already been rejected by Germany to be sent back at the border.

Amid the chaos, the SPD's Finance Minister Olaf Scholz called for cool heads to prevail, tweeting that "the task of governing our country is serious and not an episode of Game of Thrones".

For the chancellor, the only sustainable solution would be a Europe-wide agreement - a point she will likely push when she meets later Tuesday with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, whose country would be hardest hit if Germany were to close its doors.

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