Germany's Merkel is 'realistic' about NATO spending target

Cheryl Sanders
June 17, 2018

Speaking alongside German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, a Bavarian conservative who shares the Austrian chancellor's views on tightening up Europe's borders, Kurz said fighting illegal immigration would be a top priority for Vienna's presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2018. Merkel is refusing to resound a potentially explosive measure for European Union.

"It challenges both our competition authorities and the EU's, and raises the question of whether they need to get involved in the matter of the big concentration of big platforms from the United States". A CDU source said after the meeting that the chancellor had told lawmakers she was aware that two weeks was an ambitious timetable.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's Bavarian allies are considering breaking up their parliamentary bloc with her Christian Democratic Union (CDU), a senior lawmaker with the Bavarian CSU told the Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper. The lack of encounter jeopardizes fragile stability of a forceps-lighting executive in absence of or viable alternatives.

Dobrindt said the CSU party leadership would meet on Monday to make a final decision, appearing to set Merkel an ultimatum to relent or face a make-or-break government crisis.

The comments came as both the CSU and Ms Merkel's CDU each held emergency consultations on refugee policy. We can not guarantee that it is suitable for the visually or hearing impaired. You have to decide now and quickly, "estimated Markus Söder, Bavarian minister-president".

There is a battery of motives explaining recent open crisis in German government, including chancellor's weakness.

For Merkel, in power for over 12 years, the stakes could not be higher as she leads an uneasy coalition government with a narrow majority that took half a year to cobble together. But perhaps most obvious and at same time more powerful motive goes directly through Munich.

Merkel's CDU and the more conservative CSU have for decades been sister parties that form a single parliamentary faction. That of course entails its own risk - if she loses, she would step down and there would be a new election. Merkel and Seehofer spoke for more than two hours on Wednesday night without reaching an agreement on whether the right-wing minister's demand that refugees should be turned away at Germany's borders. If no deal is reached, they say, Seehofer will simply impose the regulation using his authority as interior minister - a position that gives him authority over the federal police, and therefore border controls. In the meeting, Seehofer reportedly insisted that if Merkel adopted his solution for Germany, it would strengthen her hand in negotiating at a European level.

It also said it supported Merkel in her initiative to allow for the return of migrants who had already applied for asylum elsewhere "in agreement with the countries most strongly affected by migration pressure within the context of the European Council". He would be willing in any case to reject those asylum seekers whose application had already been rejected in Germany.

Germany, a country of some 80 million, now sees about 11,000 new asylum-seekers per month.

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