Skip to comments.GERMANY LATEST: Merkel Appears Weakened By Latest Developments, Austria Set To "Take Measures'
Posted on 07/03/2018 8:43:39 AM PDT by Nextrush
"We finally brought Ms. Merkel to do what she'd always rejected. To establish asylum centers and repatriate illegal immigrants at the border"
Alternative for Germany Party statement from co-leaders Alexander Gauland and Alice Weidel
"We will be obliged to take measures to avoid disadvantages for Austria and its people"
Austrian government statement on what will happen if German deal on 'transit centers' at Austrian border goes ahead
"we need to focus on external border management"
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz speaks at European Parliament-Strasbourg 7/3/2018
"But this is no victory for Angela Merkel.
The row and the subequent solution, have exposed the fraility of her position and may surprise those who still venerate the German chancellor as a defender of liberal values and open borders."
BBC Correspondent Jenny Hill analysis-7/3/2018
Angela Merkel has cut a deal short on details with Interior Minister Horst Seehofer and the Bavarian Christian Social Union but now she must accomodate her other government partners in the Social Democratic Party, who have not committed to the agreement. Pro-migration factions of the party oppose the notion of "transit centers" to keep migrants out of Germany itself.
The new Italian government pushed for something to be done about migrants and got Merkel and the other European leaders to agree to 'transit centers' at last week's EU summit, but the Italians are not going to take back anyone Germany wants to send from its 'transit centers'.
In between Italy and Germany is Austria and the Austrian government is now signaling the need to seal its Italian border to prevent migrants from Italy pushing northwards to a potential logjam at the German border.
Back then Adolf had Mussolini on his side for Anschluss but this time Italy and Austria are united to stop immigration flow against Germany.
Merkel won a battle but the war continues.
Merkel is in that Bunker like 1945
BS..she tight control. Her party and the EU do her bidding. No one will stand up to her.
Meanwhile, Merkel's "EU wide" agreement that migrants will be returned to the EU state where they first applied for asylum just dumps the problem back on the Italians and Greeks.
As one German paper noted, this could be the end of Schengen and possibly the EU.
I see a juggling of the Eu nations that is very interesting.....ten left would be interesting to see possible coming into view.
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