Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Money | By Hannah Jacobs

What behind the crisis in Germany's government?

What behind the crisis in Germany's government?

The German government said no special EU summit is planned, and that would be a matter for EU leaders in Brussels, but "of course the German government is holding talks with various member states and the (EU) Commission" about immigration in Europe.

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer is calling for Germany to turn back at its border migrants who have registered as asylum-seekers in other European countries.

But the chancellor contradicted her ally on steps that should be taken in Germany, saying that "there will be no automatism" in rejecting asylum seekers following European Union negotiations.

CSU's hard-line interior minister, Horst Seehofer, is threatening to blow up the government by demanding the right to turn refugees away if they have already applied for asylum in another European Union country or had their applications rejected in Germany.

Trump specifically pointed to German Chancellor Angela Merkel suffering political ramifications for allowing over a million migrants into her country.

Merkel is strictly against this change, saying such a unilateral move by Germany could threaten the very unity of Europe.

If Merkel fails to find a solution by the end of the month, her leadership may be called into question and may be forced to step down altogether, creating a major political crisis in the EU's most powerful economy.

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. Crime in Germany is way up. But Seehofer's party faces a crucial election in October, and it is determined to toughen its stance on migration, faced with the growing popularity of the anti-immigrant, populist party Alternative for Germany.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday accepted an offer from Bavaria's Christian Social Union (CSU) to delay until July the ban it wants on admitting migrants who have previously been registered in other EU states, German news agency DPA reported.

If Merkel chooses to replace Seehofer as interior minister, it could trigger a crisis and collapse her ruling coalition.

Other claims in Mr Trump's tweets have already been debunked by various German news sites, especially his assertion that "crime in Germany is way up".

Once again the two sister parties, Merkel's CDU and the Bavarian CSU, have been fighting over immigration.

President Trump tweeted Monday morning that "Crime in Germany is way up" because of immigration to the country.

Arriving for talks with Merkel on Monday evening, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte stressed that his country can not be left alone to deal with the influx.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, secretary general of Mrs Merkel's CDU Party, said: "It could weaken our negotiating position and potentially impact other areas such as the euro".

Three years after her decision to open Germany's borders to migrants fleeing war in Syria and Iraq and misery elsewhere, Merkel is still struggling to find a sustainable solution to end the grumbling from her Bavarian allies CSU over her liberal refugee policy.

"We in Germany have to admit that we need to get better", said Merkel, adding that the biggest worry was the country's transport sector, which has seen emissions rise slightly compared to 1990.

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