- Merkel Fails to End Coalition Rift on Migrants Ahead of EU Talks
by Iain Rogers, https://www.bloomberg.com/
Angela Merkel failed to resolve a clash over migration with her Bavarian sister party, ratcheting up pressure on the German chancellor as she faces a weekend ultimatum to tighten borders.
Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union is seeking to contain a rebellion by Bavaria’s ruling CSU party, which is taking a hard line on immigration ahead of a regional election in October. The conflict risks tearing apart their long-standing alliance, threatening Merkel’s three-month-old coalition government.
Leaders of CDU and the Social Democrats, the junior coalition partner, said no headway was made on migration in talks in Berlin late Tuesday. In her search for a solution, Merkel is looking to a meeting of European Union leaders in Brussels on Thursday to help her craft measures to tighten border security at the EU’s outer borders.
The situation is “very serious” and that was apparent during the closed-door party summit, Volker Kauder, the head of the CDU-CSU parliamentary caucus, said Wednesday on ARD television. No agreement had been expected because officials are meeting again to discuss immigration on Sunday, Kauder said, insisting government business would not be disrupted in the meantime.