Tag: Angela Merkel

Merkel’s party, sliding in polls, weighs German ‘border centres’

A senior figure in German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party has proposed setting up “border centres” along the frontier with Austria to speed up the repatriation of those asylum seekers deemed unqualified to stay.   Julia Kloeckner, leader of Merkel’s Christian Democrats in the western state of Rhineland-Palatinate, said she thought the chancellor’s push for […]

Berlin: Obama promises Merkel to ‘contribute substantially’ to support refugees

US President Barack Obama has promised German Chancellor Angela Merkel to “substantially” support efforts to ease the refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe, a German government spokesman said on Thursday.   German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has called for “billions of euros” in new money to be transferred to states that border Syria, […]

An ill wind

IN BERLIN they speak of “Plan B”; in Brussels the fear is of the U-turn. Whatever the term, the prediction is the same: that Angela Merkel is on the brink of reversing the generous policy towards asylum-seekers that saw more than a million of them reach Germany last year. For now, Mrs Merkel sticks to […]

Angela Merkel faces party rebellion over Germany’s stance on refugees

“In light of the developments in recent months, we can no longer speak of a great challenge – we are on the verge of our country being overwhelmed,” they wrote, in the letter addressed “Dear Madam Chancellor” and obtained by AFP.   The appeal marked the largest single expression of dissent by members of Merkel’s […]

German minister urges Merkel to prepare border closures

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s transport minister has urged her to prepare to close Germany’s borders to stem an influx of asylum seekers, arguing that Berlin must act alone if it cannot reach a Europe-wide deal on refugees.   Alexander Dobrindt said Germany could no longer show the world a “friendly face” – a phrase used by […]

German town sends refugee bus to Merkel’s office

A German small town Thursday sent a bus with 31 Syrian refugees on a road trip to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office in protest against her liberal migrant policy.   The Bavarian district chief behind the journey to Berlin, Peter Dreier, said his rural area was buckling under the strain of a mass influx that brought […]

‘Can’t take more’: Bavaria sends bus load of refugees to Merkel’s office

The head of a Bavarian district has sent a bus with 30 refugees aboard on a 550km trip to Angela Merkel’s Berlin office – fulfilling a threat made in October, when he said he would act if the number of refugees exceeded housing capacity in his area.

‘Merkel is dependent on Erdogan in solving EU refugee crisis’

Reports emerged in the German media alleging that police were instructed to hush up refugee-related disturbances…RT is now joined live by professor Christian Pfeiffer, a former Minister of Justice of the German state of Lower Saxony.

Judge: Merkel Committed Historic Breach Of Law In Opening Borders, Constitution Allows ‘Right To Resist’

One of Germany’s most senior constitutional judges has said Angela Merkel’s government is violating the country’s constitution by failing to protect its borders.   In a report commissioned by Mrs Merkel’s partners, the Christian Social Union (CSU), Udo di Fabio says the federal government is constitutionally obliged to take control of border security when European […]

Angela Merkel’s domestic security crisis

For months, many Germans have worried that the exodus of refugees into their country would upend their comfortable existence, straining state coffers and public services. Now, they worry something even more dear is at stake: their safety.   In the wake of the New Year’s Eve attacks on hundreds of women by foreigners in Cologne and […]