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    Default Immigration Power Struggle Going On Within EU

    Merkel may have to call for elections?

    Europe’s ‘Axis Of The Willing’ Attempts To Seal The Borders
    JAZZ SHAWPosted at 10:41 am on June 14, 2018

    I realize it can be hard to keep an eye on events in Europe these days, what with all of the drama playing out in the United States and across the Pacific, but there are some major events unfolding across the pond which could lead to a serious shakeup in the EU power structure right now. The latest round of unrest was significantly exacerbated earlier this week when Italy decided to turn away a ship carrying hundreds of refugees. That happened at the same time that Angela Merkel was facing a serious challenge to her open border policies from her own Interior Minister. Emmanuel Macron got in on the action, calling Italy’s decision “sickening.”

    Now, in what appears to be a showdown between the open and closed border camps, officials from Austria and Italy have joined with Germany’s Interior Minister to form what they’re referring to as an Axis of the Willing, which seeks to secure their nation’s borders and curb the flow of migrants. This is leading to something of a crisis of leadership in several countries and things are only heating up further now. (Daily Mail)


    All of this is straining relations across Europe. French President Emmanuel Macron was scheduled to visit Italy tomorrow. Will that still happen? The Italians are saying that they’re still waiting for an apology from Macron before they decided.

    Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Thursday he still expects French President Emmanuel Macron to apologize for critical comments he made about Italian immigration policy two days ago…

    “We’re waiting for an apology. If we get one, we can start down a new path,” Di Maio said in a radio interview. “There’s still time to take a step back, apologize, and then start over.”

    Reuters is reporting that there was a call from Paris to Rome this morning, but no details were released. If an apology was made, nobody was putting out a press release to confirm it.

    Meanwhile, back in Germany, the Interior Minister is doing more than just complaining. He’s threatening the stability of Merkel’s already shaky ruling coalition. If that bond is seen as weakening, we’re being told that Merkel could be facing a confidence vote as soon as next week. If she manages to lose that vote she may be forced to step down as Chancellor and call for new elections.

    Europe has lived to see interesting times, and for once the media can’t credibly blame this one on Trump. The migrant situation is splitting the European coalition in two and the current power structure may be about to change significantly. Stay tuned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathianne View Post
    Merkel may have to call for elections?
    There are certain 'rumbings' that have been happening within Europe on the issue of immigration over a period of years. The one about Italy refusing a ship of immigrants is is just the latest. As an issue, it'll come and go, as others have done.

    When the great waves of immigrants headed our way from the Middle East, Hungary took a very strong 'we will protect our borders' line. That was quite some time ago. Again ... Merkel permitted millions of them to go to Germany. Her own electorate hated it. But, as an issue, it came and went. No doubt many are still unhappy, but (if I believe the relative lack of interest from the BBC ?), that simmers very much in the background, rather than being a live issue.

    This is one of those 'wait and see' scenarios. Possibly there are powers within Germany, aided by other powers, trying to make sure this is a hot issue once more, though.

    Never underestimate the power exerted in the name of political correctness, when it comes to trying to exert control over public sensibilities.
    Last edited by Drummond; 06-14-2018 at 11:33 AM.
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