New Migrant Crisis Threatens to Bring Down Merkel in 48 Hours

New Migrant Crisis Threatens to Bring Down Merkel in 48 Hours

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she will turn to France to help diffuse a domestic crisis over migration amid an increasing risk that the European Union may unravel unless its member states adopt a common policy.

"We are in a serious, a very serious situation", said Alexander Dobrindt, the CSU parliamentary group leader.

When asked what he meant by a new situation, Mr Whittaker clarified that he meant "probably a new Chancellor".

Disagreements on asylum and migration policy between Seehofer and Merkel are nothing new, with Seehofer previously demanding an upper limit of 200,000 migrants per year and even threatening not to campaign with Merkel and the CDU over the issue in late 2016.

Instead, it launched a surge of at least 1.6 million migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East into Germany and its European Union neighbors - setting off a cascade of housing, employment, crime and other problems.

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, who also leads the CSU, may be tempted to use his powers to implement his party's call for more powers to turn away refugees registered in other European Union states.

This would undermine Merkel's authority as it represents a reversal of her 2015 open-door approach, and would also be a blow to the EU's Schengen open-border system.


In her weekly video message Saturday, Merkel named migration as one of four major challenges to be addressed by German and French leaders when she meets Macron in Germany on Tuesday along with ministers from both governments.

Getting all of the EU states on board for an overhaul of asylum practices and rules is "in my view one of the most decisive issues for European unity", the Christian Democrat chancellor said.

"This must have to do with the coming election in Bavaria because it is vital for the Conservatives to win an overall majority because that's why they have a national importance".

If Seehofer decides to go it alone, Merkel would have to fire him, sparking an unprecedented CDU-CSU split, political scientist Heinrich Oberreuter told business daily Handelsblatt. "This, of course, includes rejection".

Merkel, Germany's chancellor since 2005, has topped Forbes list of the 100 most powerful women in the world for 11 of the past 12 years. Germany's CSU is running scared because they have aligned themselves with a chancellor who is seen as not caring that her policies have allowed criminal aliens to run wild. A fight with Seehofer could shatter their parties' uneasy alliance.

A poll published Thursday found 86% of Germans in favor of stricter border controls for immigrants seeking asylum.

Such a reversal of her 2015 open-door migrant policy would be a huge blow to the authority of Merkel, in power for more than 12 years, and undermine the Schengen open-border system at a time when European Union tensions over migration are running high.

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