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German ruling coalition is under threat of disintegration


07/03/2018


Three months after the inauguration of German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the fourth term, the ruling coalition in Germany has found itself on the verge of collapse. On Monday, the Chancellor made another attempt to negotiate with his long-term associate, head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the leader of the Christian-Social Union Horst Seehofer. The day before, he announced that he would retire because of discontent with the migration policy of the head of government.



Henning Schlottmann
Henning Schlottmann
According to the German newspaper Bild, the joint meeting of the conservative bloc, that is, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) of Angela Merkel and the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) scheduled for Monday is canceled. Leading politicians of the party, Mrs. Merkel and her Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer, the former prime minister of Bavaria, have not yet managed to find a compromise on tightening the migration policy.

Recall, the Bavarian politician demanded from the Chancellor to introduce frontier control for asylum seekers and deploy and expel those who do not have the right to protection from Germany. The Chancellor seemed to indicate that she was ready to discuss such a mechanism of deportation with neighbors. Yet, according to the results of the EU summit held in Brussels, Mr. Seehofer remained dissatisfied with the agreements reached with the European partners.

At first, he promised to sign a decree on preventing illegal immigrants to Germany on their own, without the approval of the Chancellor. However, last night he announced that he was ready to leave the post of the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the chairman of the CSU. "Yes, I said that I will put both posts at the disposal, that I will do it in the next three days," Horst Seehofer confirmed to reporters on Monday. 

At the same time, political consultations keep going at the party level. At the same time, one of the possible scenarios now is disintegration of the ruling coalition. This option is not excluded in the ranks of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD, also part of the government coalition). One of the Social Democrats made it clear to the newspaper Bild. "This coalition is on the verge, it makes no sense to linger," the newspaper quotes the source.

source: bild.de






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