- EU ON THE BRINK: Merkel Migration Distraction Could Plunge Brussels into ‘TURBULENT TIMES’
by JOE BARNES, BRUSSELS CORRESPONDENT, https://www.express.co.uk/
ANGELA MERKEL’S desperate attempt to hold onto power in Germany after a migration row within her own Grand Coalition could dominate the European Union’s June summit completely knocking its agenda off-kilter.
The German Chancellor earned a two week reprieve from her coalition partners the Christian Social Union after its leader and the country’s Interior Minister Horst Seehofer demanded a tightening of Germany’s borders. The CSU leader said Germany should start rejecting migrants at the border if they have already registered in another EU country, a complete contrast to Ms Merkel’s 2015 open-door policy which saw over a million refugees enter the country.
After a series of crisis talks, Mr Seehofer granted Ms Merkel two weeks grace in order to hold meetings with her EU counterparts in order to find a continent-wide asylum solution. CSU leaders remain doubtful that a solution will emerge from the talks in the upcoming weeks. The Bavarian party’s parliamentary leader Alexander Dobrindt said: “A European solution means skating on thin ice.”
The Bavarians will unlikely defy Ms Merkel but doing so would leave her CDU and the Grand Coalition’s third parter the Social Democrats without a parliamentary majority.