Refugees: a toy for chancellor Merkel
Rapporteur- Farbod Dehghani: as we came closer to Germany’s chancellor’s election, we are facing with this reality that as the critics are rising from her policy, she is going to change them to make the oppositions satisfy and remain in power. The newest reports are telling us the federal government I planning to deport over 12500 afghan refugees, the interesting thing is that why Merkel’s immigration policy is changed so suddenly?
Well the answer will be this: The AFD is on its way to the Bundestag, while the CDU will lose influence in Germany’s upper house. (1)
There is a rising unpleasure about Merkel’s policy in Germany’s community. Lots of Germans specially those who live in eastern areas with some nationalism or extremism behaviors are turning their back to Merkel and vote to populist parties. This is brightly shown in primary elections, where radical parties are gaining Bundestag’s seats so fast.
The CDU looks likely to be excluded from power-sharing in the Berlin state assembly, where the SPD will need two other partners — probably the Greens and far-left — to govern the capital. More seriously, the result will diminish CDU’s already limited influence in the Bundesrat, or upper house of the German parliament, where the federal states are represented.
Speaking about the rise of the AFD, Merkel said on Monday she felt unable to deploy facts against the far-right party’s appeal to insecurity and angst.
“I, myself, would like to respond to it with a feeling I have,” she said, using uncharacteristically emotional language. “I have the feeling we will emerge from these complicated times stronger than before… Who, if not us, should be capable of making something good out of this?”
British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday spoke out against “uncontrolled migration.”
Speaking before the U.N. General Assembly in New York, May said: “I think that uncontrolled migration is not in the interests of the migrants themselves, it’s not in the interests of refugees — who may find that they see less support as a result — it’s not in the interests of the countries that people are coming from, traveling through or trying to get to.”
Backing for the AfD, founded three years ago in opposition to Merkel’s move to expose German taxpayers to sovereign defaults in the euro region, has rebounded in the wake of the refugee crisis after a leadership struggle all but eroded support a year ago. That’s disrupting German politics and limiting coalition options for Merkel’s party in regional and national parliaments.
Two-thirds of Germans oppose the chancellor’s handling of the refugee crisis, according to an Infratest dimap poll for ARD public television published last week. Voter support for Merkel slumped 12 percentage points to 47 percent in July, the second-lowest of her third term that started in 2013, after attacks committed by refugees unsettled the public and sparked political opposition.(2)