The German coalition government has been salvaged and German Chancellor Angela Merkel has once again averted political collapse with a deal on migration.
Chancellor Angela Merkel reached a last minute compromise with interior minister, and leader of the Christian Social Union (CSU), Horst Seehofer over immigration into Europe and ultimately Germany.
Merkel’s other coalition partners in the government, the SPD have to agree on the deal.
The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris analyze Angela Merkel’s fragile position as Chancellor of Germany and de facto leader of the European Union.
Merkel may have bought some valuable time to remain in power, but the migrant issue plaguing Europe is far from resolved, and it’s now not a matter of if Merkel will leave as German Chancellor, but when.
A political crisis was avoided Monday evening when Seehofer dropped his threat to resign after hours of talks with Merkel. The leader of the CSU, the Bavarian sister party of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), said the two leaders had agreed on how to prevent illegal immigration between Germany and Austria.
The deal’s details, reported by Deutsche Welle, involves a “new border regime” that will prevent asylum seekers entering Germany whose “asylum procedures are the responsibility of other EU nations.” It also requires transit centers for migrants at the border. It was also reported that in cases where such agreements cannot be reached, they would nevertheless be rejected “on the basis of an agreement with the Republic of Austria.”
However, Austria said Tuesday that it was prepared to take measures for the protection of its own southern borders if the German coalition deal goes into force, Reuters reported. Austria’s statement did not go into any more detail but has piqued curiosity given that it borders Italy and Slovenia to the south.
The CSU partners Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in a governing coalition with the Social Democratic Party (SPD). If Seehofer had resigned it would have put Merkel in a difficult position and raised the possibility of another election, just months after the last one in September.
The deal is not yet finalized however, with the CDU and CSU meeting with their junior coalition partner on Tuesday, the Social Democrats, which has to agree to the arrangement.
Merkel said the pair had “reached a good compromise” after days of difficult negotiations. Seehofer said, meanwhile, that the agreement was “sustainable” and matched his “convictions,” and had allowed him to stay as head of the Interior Ministry.