The flip-flopping Merkel has worked herself into a quandary.
A month before the recent German elections, Merkel took a tougher stand on Muslim migrants “in a bid to pull back far-right voters, boost her Bavarian allies and win over a record number of undecideds.” On another occasion, when she was losing voter support, she called for a burqa ban, and said the refugee crisis “must never be repeated.”
Yet she also once said to “respond to jihad massacres with love and compassion.” And in mid-August, she called for more migrants, “echoing her ‘wir schaffen das’ [‘we can do this’] mantra from the beginning of the migrant crisis.”
Now Merkel finds herself being pressured to “scrap a proposed cap on immigration to secure her fourth term in office,” while at the same time, she is now “struggling to form a new government because potential coalition partners disagree with her plans to put a cap.”
Merkel has cared little to nothing about her country’s citizens in her quest to stay in power at any cost; now the chickens appear to be coming home to roost as she tries to decide which side to play against the other now.
“Merkel Pressured To Keep Doors Open For Migrants To Stay In Power”, by Jacob Bojesson, Daily Caller, November 26, 2017:
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is determined to avoid a snap election by seeking another “grand coalition” with the Social Democrats (SPD), but she might have to scrap a proposed cap on immigration to secure her fourth term in office.
Merkel’s decision to open the doors to migrants has shaken up German politics during the fall. Her party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), suffered its worst election result since the 1940s in September after some voters turned to anti-immigration party the Alternative for Germany (AfD) in protest of Merkel’s migrant policies. The chancellor is now struggling to form a new government because potential coalition partners disagree with her plans to put a cap on the annual immigration level.
CDU agreed to start new talks Sunday with the Social Democrats before it calls a fresh election. The parties have ruled together over the past four years despite disagreements on key issues.
“We have the firm intention of forming an effective government,” Daniel Günther, the leader of the state of Schleswig Holstein, told reporters. “We firmly believe that this would not come from a minority government, but instead an alliance with a parliamentary majority. That is a grand coalition.”
Immigration is set to take a central role in coalition talks. Merkel wants to cap the annual migrant influx at 200,000, which SPD considers to be a breach of the German constitution…..