Merkel: Migration Could Decide EU Fate


Germany and the EU in addressing the migration problem “are still not where we want to be,” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaking in the Bundestag on Thursday, June 28 with a government statement. 

“There are many challenges for Europe,” the chancellor warns, “but the topic of migration can be a crucial issue for the European Union.”

Secondary migration within the EU should be streamlined, Merkel added. If this cannot be agreed with all EU countries, then, according to the Chancellor, it is necessary to create a coalition of those countries that are ready to cooperate on this issue. However, this should not happen unilaterally, uncoordinated or at the expense of a third party, Merkel said.

A two-day summit of the heads of state and government of the EU in Brussels on June 28, will discuss issues of security, trade and finance. After that, participants will move to the topic of migration. Merkel’s task at the summit is to achieve a decision on refugees.

In June, Merkel’s CDU party broke out a conflict with the Bavarian CSU, chaired by German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer. The minister insisted that migrants should not be let in Germany after they have been registered in another EU country. He insists that the countries of entry must take immigrants back according to the Dublin procedure.
Angela Merkel believes that such a measure is contrary to European standards for granting asylum and German law, and also unfair to countries such as Greece and Italy. The head of the German government insists on a European solution to the problem.

Seehofer repeatedly warned that in the absence of a European decision, he will take advantage of the authority of the head of the Interior Ministry and arbitrarily give an order to the border guards not to let migrants to Germany since July 1.
The chancellor will then have no choice but to sack the minister. After Seehofer, other CSU ministers will inevitably leave the government, which will mean the collapse of the fourth government coalition.

Later, Seehofer said that he hoped for a successful resolution of the migration dispute but did not rule out that if the situation contradicts his political positions, he will leave his post.

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