The truth is many people want the immigrants from the Middle East to come to Germany to underpin the post-war welfare state. Birth rates in Germany have fallen and fallen and new taxpayers, in the eyes of those who cling to the welfare state, must now be imported. However, if these new immigrants are a bigger draw on the welfare state than they contribute to it that is a problem. That a large influx of immigration may destabilize the social underpinnings of Germany is another huge factor. (Even while being a draw on the welfare state.) One that Ms. Merkel, at least from our perspective on this side of the Atlantic, refuses to address.
Ms. Merkel has seen the extension of German power in Europe via bureaucrat during here tenure. There was a time when France and Germany were supposed to be co-equals in Europe. That farce is long gone, along with any sense of Italy as a junior partner in EU leadership. Now it is Merkel and Germany dictating immigration policy and that policy appears to be very unpopular.
(From the Express)
Speaking on BBC World at One, the German politician claimed clashes between Angela Merkel and German interior minister Horst Seehofer could result in a “new political situation” in Germany by the end of next week.
The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) politician said it was still unclear in Berlin what the essence of the disagreement between the Chancellor and Mr Seehofer was and that other members of the coalition had been left “in the blue”.
Mr Whittaker said: “We are in a serious situation because the question of the migration crisis evolved into a power question.