Merkel’s nightmare: Germany on BRINK of 2nd election amid coalition deadlock on migrants

Monday, November 6, 2017
By Paul Martin

ANGELA Merkel’s efforts to form a new government could be dashed as potential coalition partners clash over the country’s migrant issue.

Mon, Nov 6, 2017

Mrs Merkel must bring together the Greens, the liberal Free Democrats (FDP) and her own conservative bloc to secure a majority after a poor performance in the recent election.

If negotiations collapse then a new national vote would be called.

The question of migrants threatens to deepen the deadlock as the parties cannot agree on the issue.

The divide between the parties widens as the debate on migrants continues to focus on setting a formal cap and the conditions for reuniting families.

The Greens, which is soft on refugee and asylum policies, has scheduled a party congress on November 25 to vote on whether to push on with formal coalition talks.

If the preliminary talks don’t result in substantial progress, a vote may not even take place and the coalition will collapse.

Alexander Dobrindt, a negotiator for the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU), said on Saturday: “The question of whether it’s going to be possible to form a government remains wide open.”

Some 158,000 people who were denied asylum were still living in Germany, new figures published by the German government revealed.

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