1. Angela Merkel’s green light to migrants splits Germany’s ruling conservatives

Angela Merkel’s green light to migrants splits Germany’s ruling conservatives

Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to allow thousands of migrants stranded in Hungary to enter Germany caused a rift in her conservative bloc on Sunday when her Bavarian allies accused her of giving "a totally wrong signal" to Europe.

By: | Published: September 7, 2015 8:44 AM

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to allow thousands of migrants stranded in Hungary to enter Germany caused a rift in her conservative bloc on Sunday when her Bavarian allies accused her of giving “a totally wrong signal” to Europe.

The dispute broke out after Austria and Germany threw open their borders to thousands of exhausted migrants bussed to Hungary’s border by a right-wing government overwhelmed by the sheer numbers and loath to take them in.

Germany expects a record influx of 800,000 migrants and refugees this year, by far the most in the European Union. More than 100,000 asylum seekers were registered in August alone. Europe’s biggest and richest economy draws many migrants, who often have relatives already living there.

Merkel and Hungarian President Viktor Orban had agreed by telephone that the decision to let refugees — many from Syria’s civil war — cross the borders was a temporary one made for humanitarian reasons, a German government spokesman said.

But Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann, whose Christian Social Union (CSU) is the regional sister party of Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) in Berlin’s ruling coalition, accused her of having pushed forward without asking Germany’s federal states that had to deal with the migrant influx.

Bavarian Premier Horst Seehofer and other CSU leaders agreed in a conference call that Merkel’s green light to migrants stuck in Hungary was a “wrong decision by the federal government”, the mass-circulation Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported.

CSU spokesman Simon Rehak confirmed the report and said the staunchly conservative party would put the issue on the agenda of a high-level coalition meeting on Sunday evening.

But the centre-left Social Democrats, junior partner in Merkel’s “grand coalition”, rushed to her defence with Secretary-General Yasmin Fahimi calling her decision “the only right thing to do”.

“We had to give a strong signal of humanity to show that Europe’s values are valid also in difficult times. Hungary’s handling of the crisis is unbearable,” she said, referring to Budapest’s attempts to put migrants in holding camps and a series of confrontations between Hungarian police and migrants.

Bild am Sonntag seemed to follow that argument with a headline saying: “Merkel stops the shame of Budapest”.

A public opinion poll last week showed Merkel’s popularity has dropped over her handling of the refugee crisis, but most Germans are not worried about the influx.

Merkel’s coalition was expected to agree a series of measures later on Sunday including cutting red tape to facilitate the construction of asylum shelters, increasing funds for federal states and towns and speeding up asylum procedures.

The agenda will include widening the list of states deemed “safe” — meaning their citizens have no claim to asylum — probably to include Kosovo, Albania and Montenegro. Among those already deemed safe are Serbia, Macedonia and Bosnia.

With that, Berlin wants to speed up asylum and extradition procedures for migrants mainly from southeastern Europe to focus on war refugees from states like Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

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  1. M
    Sep 7, 2015 at 9:48 am
    Germany expects about 800,000 people to file for asylum this year, four times last year’s level. 100,000 arrived in Germany in August alone. After the 800,000 arrive, they will immediately send for all their relatives and friends.�� �� Since they have not been vetted by Immigration a certain number of them will be criminals and a small number terrorists. If 0.5% are terrorists and 800,000 arrive that is 4,000 terrorists. �� �� The huge influx will wildly overwhelm job opportunities for the few who can hold skilled jobs (not speaking German) and long unemployment will make them depressed and angry, facilitating trouble.�� � The Turks Germany took in are a possible indication of trouble ahead. Only 20% of the permanent resident Turks have a job, 80% are on the dole and their school drop-out rate is the highest in the nation. So, if Germany takes 800,000 people 640,000 will be on welfare.� �� According to the German Minister of the Interior, 20% are illiterate, almost none can speak German and few have skills needed in Germany.�� �� The generous German welfare system will experience an upsurge in demand it is not geared to handle and if the PM does not think there will be a tax increase she is dreaming. �� �� Muslims live in separate enclaves and are well-known to not imilate. With their much higher birth rate than Europeans, it won't be long before the Europe of today is a Muslim Europe, with large sections of a number of cities starting to look like middle eastern cities now.�� �� So, good luck to Europe. Their Christian generosity will do more damage than the Muslims under din ever did.
    1. Cris Cassity
      Sep 7, 2015 at 10:02 am
      Obama must have blackmailed Merkel with NSA information. Obama and Clinton caused this to happen. Europe will never be safe again.
      1. S
        Sach babu
        Sep 7, 2015 at 9:16 am
        you are allowing them now.. ltr they will kill u or will ask to apply saria low in europe..

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