The Christian Social Union (CSU), small Bavarian and Conservative Party of German government, has put in serious trouble to Chancellor Angela Merkel this Thursday and has plunged executive of Berlin in his first internal crisis with only three months of life behind him. Horst Seehofer, CSU leader and Interior minister representative of government's most conservative wing, launched a Órdago to chancellor, demanding that Germany reject refugees who had previously sought asylum in anor EU country at ir borders. Merkel is refusing to resound a potentially explosive measure for European Union.
"Illegal migration is one of major challenges facing EU. That is why I think that we should not act unilaterally, that we must coordinate with ors [Union partners], said Merkel after meeting.More information
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The CDU, Merkel's party, governs in so-called grand coalition with Social Democrats, or with its Bavarian bror party, CSU, with which it also shares a parliamentary group. The lack of encounter jeopardizes fragile stability of a forceps-lighting executive in absence of or viable alternatives. "We are in a very serious situation," estimated CSU parliamentary chief Alexander Dobrindt.
The scuffle forced plenary to suspend Bundestag on Thursday for most of day and both conservative parties — Merkel's CDU and CSU — met exceptionally separately with emissaries running from one room to anor in building. Four-hour emergency meetings failed to soften positions of eir Merkel or Seehofer, who neverless received support of ir respective parties. The CSU demands a decision already, while chancellor wants to buy time until next European Council. "We cannot wait forever for Europe. You have to decide now and quickly, "estimated Markus Söder, Bavarian minister-president. "Asylum tourism must end."Elections in Bavaria
There is a battery of motives explaining recent open crisis in German government, including chancellor's weakness. Angela Merkel won September elections, albeit without majority enough to form a government, forcing her to form a fragile coalition, in which very diverse political aspirations coexist. But perhaps most obvious and at same time more powerful motive goes directly through Munich. On October 14th re are elections in Bavaria, stronghold of Christian Social Union and for first time in decades, except for a short parensis, CSU could lose absolute majority if polls are correct. And he would lose it because of AFD's thrust and his antiimmigration discourse.
On Wednesday night to Thursday, Merkel and Seehofer have already negotiated until late hours without reaching an understanding. Both parties have been given deadline until Monday, when executives of conservative formations are scheduled to meet and when Seehofer, as Minister of Interior, could even opt to implement border measures outside Will of Chancellor.
Merkel believes that Berlin should not take unilateral asylum measures and argues that a measure affecting free movement in EU must be adopted in Brussels, particularly at forthcoming European Council on 28 June. The Chancellor also proposes to sign bilateral agreements with countries with most migratory pressure to send back those asylum seekers who have entered EU by or countries. He would be willing in any case to reject those asylum seekers whose application had already been rejected in Germany.
The chancellor defends in Brussels a common asylum policy and establishment of refugee quotas. Germany has received a disproportionate number of refugees from or EU countries — over a million and a half for two years — and aims to make community partners also take ir part. Merkel is aware that it would be contradictory to impose unilateral measures in Germany without consulting with Brussels and could also encourage more partners to do same.
That is why, beyond calendars and domestic political arrangements, intense day that this Thursday has lived at headquarters of Bundestag reflects a dilemma affecting Germany, but also or European countries such as Austria. The flourishing of right-wing populist formations that live from exploiting xenophobic drives impatient to traditional parties like CSU, which want to demonstrate to voters that y are able to limit entry of migrants outside of possible consensus In Europeans. They want to show that y, and not Brussels, control national times and borders.