07.10.2022

Migration crisis destroys Merkel government

Regardless of what Angela Merkel did as the leader of Germany, her historic decision on migrants continues to determine her rule. The chancellor’s decision to open the borders of Germany to more than a million refugees since the summer of 2015 made her both a savior and a villain.

It cost her dearly in the 2017 elections. Now, four months after the formation of the new government, a fierce struggle over immigration threatens to split its conservative bloc.

Merkel is now engaging in a fight with her Minister of the Interior and foe-friend Horst Seehofer, the head of the CSU, who rules along with the Social Democrats and the CDU Merkel. He threatened to leave the coalition in a fierce dispute over a “master plan for migration”.

On Tuesday, he was ready to submit this proposal, but Merkel canceled it because of one point: German police are allowed to stop migrants at the border if they first registered in another EU country or arrived without documents.

Theoretically, this can lead to a situation where people will be forced to rush from one country to another in the EU, and Merkel does not want to test European unity, increasing pressure on Greece and Italy, which caused the main blow to the arriving refugees.

Angela Merkel, speaking on Wednesday in the Bundestag, did not say a word about the scandal with Cambridge Analytica. But there were several statements on the migration crisis. The Chancellor admitted that she would not be forgiven another mistake.

After Merkel suspended Seehofer’s plan, the situation turned into a war of words that put the fraternal parties against each other. His “crisis talks” with Merkel did not solve anything on Wednesday evening, the parliamentary session on Thursday should have been rejected so that the parties could get together. Now Merkel has asked for two weeks to develop migration agreements with other EU states.

Seehofer has long remained an annoying factor on Merkel’s side. He even called for her resignation for her open door policy. Now he has much more influence as Minister of the Interior.

Pro Asyl said a ban on entering a country directly at the border without proper procedures is illegal and requires conservatives to abandon their “hysterical” behavior.

Although at first glance this problem seems to be related to immigration, it is basically nothing more than a struggle for supremacy between the two conservative parties. Finance Minister Olaf Scholz rebuked both sides and said: “The work to govern our country is not an episode of Game of Thrones.”

This political battle may seem like a storm in a glass of water, but the fact that the political arena for Merkel has changed in her fourth term is clearly visible here. New right-wing leaders in neighboring Austria and Italy are promoting anti-immigration programs, populist parties have won positions in the EU, and Merkel cannot rely on her conservatives to gain domestic support from them.

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