The political future of German Chancellor Angela Merkel hangs in the balance this week, with her coalition government facing an imminent “collapse” over their unpopular and controversial immigration and asylum policies.
The immigration showdown comes as Merkel has vowed to reject a possible proposal that would “turn away” new migrants and asylum seekers seeking to enter Germany from Syria, Libya, and other nations.
“She believes such a unilateral act goes against European principles and intends to seek an EU-wide solution,” adds the BBC.
“Emergency talks have, as yet, failed to soothe an increasingly bitter row, which is being replicated, albeit in perhaps rather calmer tones, in plenty of other EU member states – between those who believe there is still a chance for Europe to rise unified to the migration challenge and the, largely populist, figures who are sick of waiting for it act,” adds the author.
Merkel’s “open door” policy is increasingly under fire from other European leaders.
The regulations have already admitted more than one million migrants into Germany, who are then allowed to travel to other E.U. member states without restriction.
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MERKEL’S MESS: German Government ‘FACING COLLAPSE’ Over Immigration Policy
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government is facing an imminent “collapse” over her coalition’s unpopular stance on immigration and asylum seekers pouring into the European Union.
According to Fox News, her coalition government is unraveling over recent proposals that would severely limit the number of migrants entering Germany; a policy harshly opposed by Merkel who is seen as the de facto leader of the E.U
The German Chancellor stunned her fellow European leaders in 2015 when she announced her “open door” policy, which permitted at least one million refugees from Syria and other countries to enter the continent.
Because the E.U. allows the “free movement of people” between any member state, Merkel’s decision allowed the migrants to immediately relocate to other countries within the trading bloc; including the UK, Poland, France, and others.
“Personally, I think that illegal migration is one of the challenges for the European Union and therefore I believe that we shouldn’t act unilaterally, that we shouldn’t act without coordination and that we shouldn’t act in a way that burdens third parties, involved,” Merkel said.
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RICE ADVICE: Condi Rice Says US Will be ‘JUST FINE’ if Trump Scraps Iran Deal
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice isn’t too concerned with President Trump’s possible withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear agreement; saying the United States will be “just fine” outside the international pact.
“The allies love this deal, and I certainly hope that in their meeting with President Trump that [French President Emmanuel] Macron and [German Chancellor Angela] Merkel talk about ways to improve the deal if we’re going to stay in it,” Rice told Fox News.
“But if we get out of this deal, it’s going to be just fine,” she said. “The Iranians, I think, will try and stay in because they do want that investment eventually to start flowing,” she added.
“I would probably have stayed in for alliance management purposes, but I have no argument,” said the former Bush official. “If the president decides to pull out of the deal, I have no argument with that.”
President Trump is expected to announce his decision within weeks, with European allies and Iran scrambling to put forth a possible “Plan B” should the US opt-out of the agreement.