Saturday, 17 November, 2018

'FINAL chapter' - Andrew Neil gives DEVASTATING verdict on Angela Merkel's dwindling power

Fraser Nelson BBCFraser Nelson declared that Angela Merkel's authority has been decimated in Germany and the EU
Patty Aguilar | 03 July, 2018, 13:02

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Interior Minister Horst Seehofer on Monday night have reached a compromise on their dispute over asylum policy.

Seehofer, whose party faces a state election in the fall, has threatened to turn away at the borders migrants whose asylum requests Germany already rejected or who already sought asylum elsewhere in Europe.

Merkel lost votes to the far-right in elections last September, and has been forced to turn to European Union neighbors to help resolve the row over how to deal with migrants trying to enter the country.

After the Bavarians' relentless pressure on Merkel, European leaders on Friday agreed to new measures to reduce immigration to the bloc and so-called "secondary migration" of asylum-seekers between countries.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and German Interior minister Horst Seehofer attend an event to commemorate victims of displacement in Berlin, Germany, June 20 2018.

The coalition parties, comprising Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU), the CSU and Social Democrats (SPD), are holding a series of meetings on Monday to decide what action to take.

Despite the drama over Mr. Seehofer's resignation threat on Sunday, several political analysts said the most likely outcome was for both parties to walk back and find a last-minute compromise.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

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The alliance between the CSU and the CDU is decades old, but the issue of immigration has strained it to new levels of tension. Its leaders framed the fight between Seehofer and Merkel as a confirmation of their criticisms about a self-serving political establishment.

The need for peace is only heightened by the upcoming state elections in October, which could see a new party take parliamentary majority if the CSU/CDU coalition dissolves. "I think the way in which this debate is being conducted is damaging not only Germany's image", he said on Monday, "but first and foremost its government".

"I want the CDU and CSU to work together, because we are a success story for our country", she said.

"CDU and CSU have no interest in a split and the chances are over 90% for the coalition to survive for now", said retired politics professor Eckhard Jesse.

By letting the CSU tear itself apart over its future in the coalition, Merkel may yet rid herself of a formidable foe in Seehofer - as she has with a string of other top conservatives in her 12-1/2 years in office. And he insisted the CSU isn't questioning the government's stability and doesn't want to break up the CDU-CSU partnership.

Seehofer, who repeatedly called for tougher policies on refugees, had given Merkel two weeks to reach an agreement with other European Union leaders that would allow German police to reject asylum seekers at the border who are already registered in another EU country.

But Seehofer, told party colleagues that a discussion he had had with Merkel late on Saturday evening had been fruitless, according to a party source, and was adamant that there was no alternative to exclusions at the border, which Merkel opposes.

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