Europe Is Waiting for Angela Merkel’s “Shocking Reversal”

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Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

7th February, 2016


German Chancellor Angela Merkel should be ready to undo all the commitments and close the borders of Bavaria to millions of refugees, said the Director of the Berlin global public policy Institute Thorsten Benner. This was written in his article for the publication Politico.

He notes that a Professor at Oxford University, Paul Collier, points directly to the main perpetrator of the continental migration crisis: “Blame Merkel. Who, if not her?”

According to Benner, the crisis in the EU has been brewing for a long time — nobody was paying attention to the vulnerability of external borders and the dysfunction of the system of work with migrants in Greece and Turkey, which have become a “haven” for illegal carriers of refugees in the Mediterranean.

“Merkel clearly understood the danger looming before Europe and Germany as the country that received the greatest benefit from European integration,” according to the columnist of Politico.

According to him, the decision to open the border for those refugees who did not want to stay in Hungary tried to buy time for the continent, for the whole European Union to find a joint solution. In this policy she had invested all her political capital, and now the Chancellor will have to pay for this decision, responding to the dissatisfaction of the electorate and party allies, the article said.

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“Like any liberal hegemon, Merkel has questioned whether the game is worth the risk. Perhaps it would be better to close the border of Bavaria and to take advantage of the Dublin agreements to deport the refugees that have already crossed other safe countries of Europe,” the expert adds.

In his opinion, such a reversal of this scale can be compared with the unilateral refusal of the U.S to bind the dollar to gold despite American assurances of a stable exchange rate based on the Bretton Woods system.

Now is the moment when Europe should expect its “shocking reversal” — this time it will be the “shock of Merkel”, who should waive Germany’s obligations in the migrant crises, concludes the author.

The lawsuit against Angela

On January 20th, Angela Merkel rejected the appeal of the Christian Social Union in Germany to introduce a limit on the number of arriving refugees, noting that overcoming the crisis of migration is possible “only under the condition that all states of the European Union show solidarity”.

On 23rd January, a group of German lawyers filed a lawsuit with the Federal constitutional court in Karlsruhe in connection with the migration policy of the German Chancellor. The author of the claim, attorney Clemens Antweiler, said that Merkel, “as part of her political term, had no right to overstep the law and to exceed those powers, which she received from voters through Parliament.” The Chancellor was double-threatened by the court and the Prime Minister of Bavaria Horst Seehofer.

Merkel’s migration policy has led to the falling of her rating among the population. According to research by TV channel ARD, in early February, the Chancellor’s rating dropped to a record low level since August of 2011 and amounted to 46%. According to local media reports, the  new year attacks by migrants on women in Cologne dealt a severe blow to the political position of Angela Merkel.

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