Refugees issue may end Merkel’s rule for good!

Just three months after hard struggle of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel that leads to reach an agreement with two other parties to form a government coalition, this crumbling coalition is facing a major crisis over immigration and refugees.

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer announced that his country would return any refugees trying to enter Germany back if registered in another European country.

Seehofer said the move would come into effect unless Merkel reached a new immigration agreement with European leaders before the end of the month.

He added that this would also include persons who applied for asylum in other European countries.

The coalition that governs Germany, reached after six months of negotiations and bargaining, includes the Merkel party, the Christian Democratic Union, the Christian Social Union and the Social Democratic Party.

Merkel’s party has been allied with the Bavarian Christian Union party for 70 years.

Seehofer, who is the leader of the Christian Social Union (CSU) party, said that, Merkel had a limited time to reconsider her migration policy; otherwise his party would withdraw from the ruling coalition, meaning the government would collapse.

The dispute over migration between Merkel and her conservative allies has escalated recently, with the immigration file dominating the political scene on the continent.

The continent has seen the upsurge of populist right-wing movements taking this file as a means to further investigate popular and electoral gains, such as Italy and Austria.

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Seehofer party the Christian Social Union (CSU) calls for Germany to have the right to reject migrants who have already been registered in another EU country, and Merkel opposes such a move because it represents a retreat from its open-door policy pursued since 2015 and a curtailment of its authority.

It also represents a retreat from the EU’s open border agreement (Schengen) at a time of deepening divisions within the EU on this issue.

Bavaria’s prime minister said his party was calling for a comprehensive plan to curb the flow of migrants to Germany and stop them on the border and leave it to the interior minister how to implement the plan.

«One of the most important provisions of the plan provides for the possibility of returning migrants on the border.

The vast majority of Germans support this in principle and we support such a plan for this reason.

We leave the Ministry of the Interior with the task of putting the plan into action and we do not care much about the time it will take to put the plan into practice, but how effective it is».

The European Union will hold its summit on June 28-29.

Merkel is counting on EU member states to reach a new immigration agreement.

The Bavarian party calls on European Union states to protect the EU’s external borders by tightening security and controls and distributing migrants whose requests for asylum are fairly accepted and that those who are quickly rejected are returned from where they came from.

The Bavarian party has stepped up pressure on Merkel in the immigration file to conclude a new European immigration agreement because of the approaching elections in the state.

Observers believe that Merkel’s open door policy on immigrants played a key role in the rise of the anti-immigrant right-wing of the Alternative Party of Germany, which is now the opposition in the German parliament.

Merkel is working hard to clinch a European agreement to resolve the issue of immigration and is seeking to reach bilateral agreements similar to countries that are regarded as a destination for immigrants and refugees such as Greece and Italy, similar to the EU’s 2016 agreement with Turkey.

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