The German chancellor Angela Merkel has been a protagonist in tackling the asylum seekers in Europe. The German Leader had given her an ultimatum of two weeks to make an agreement on migration policies with the other Europian countries instead of sending them back directly to Germany’s border.
Germany has accepted more than 1.4 million immigrants under its open migration law and this could be changed soon with the new migration lead. The current political deadlock is about the central responsibility of managing the refugee’s requests.
It was in 2015 that Merkel brought in the open-door policy to allow refugees from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. But now, the number of refugees has increased to 10,000 per month as all immigrants are allowed to enter the country while their case is still being reviewed.
In spite of the menace time limit given to Merkel until July 1, today she issued a statement acknowledging that the negotiation is still superficial and there won’t be any agreement made in this week’s EU summit.
Italy’s new Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is not happy with the present policy and has withdrawn his support by declaring automatic relocation of the immigrants to the other EU countries. It is indeed a tough phase for Merkel as she is facing a riot from her own people even after working so hard to maintain the coalition.
One of her Coalition partner leaders, Horst Seehofer – chairperson of the conservative Christian Social Union (CSU) party has advocated for sending away all the immigrants who have applied for an asylum in other Eu countries. The CSU and Christian Democratic union lead by Merkel recently renewed a coalition agreement to form a majority party in the parliament keeping Merkel as the leading force.
But now, the CSU is unhappy with Germany’s immigration laws and has asked Merkel for a better policy or it could lead to the dissolution of the coalition. This intense immigration debate is a big challenge for Merkel who is trying to find countries that can accommodate the immigrants turned down by Germany. The decision is expected to be made soon depending on how the parties respond.