Germany’s Angela Merkel is used to owning the room when she speaks to her party faithful, but the mood turned hostile when she defended her open-door refugee policy this week. In a heated atmosphere, some of the 1,000-odd members at the meeting warned of a “national disaster” and demanded shuttering the borders as Germany expects up to one million migrants this year. “Stop the refugee chaos — save German culture + values — dethrone Merkel,” read a banner at the congress late Wednesday in the eastern state of Saxony, the home base for the anti-foreigner PEGIDA movement.
13 October, 2015 Merkel rebuffs party pressure to take tougher line on refugees Chancellor Angela Merkel resisted pressure from her own conservatives on Tuesday to tighten Germany's border controls and turn away refugees arriving via Austria, participants at a meeting of lawmakers said. Germany, a favored destination for refugees fleeing war in the Middle East, […]
12 November, 2015 Rogue minister erodes Merkel's authority in German refugee crisis By Paul Carrel and Michael Nienaber BERLIN (Reuters) - A unilateral decision by the interior minister to reverse course on a central plank of Germany's asylum policy has forced Chancellor Angela Merkel to edge away from her open-door welcome to refugees and raised questions about her […]
2 November, 2015 Merkel's coalition woes deepen with row over refugee transit zones By Michael Nienaber BERLIN (Reuters) - Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel on Monday dismissed the idea of setting up transit zones on German borders to filter out migrants who have little chance of gaining asylum, deepening a rift within Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition. Germany […]
1 November, 2015 Merkel's conservatives align refugee policy but coalition still at odds By Paul Carrel BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel failed on Sunday to fully resolve differences within her ruling coalition over how to deal with the huge refugee influx, leaving open a row that has rocked her government. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert described […]
14 April, 2016 German coalition leaders agree new counter-terror plans: sources The leaders of Germany's ruling coalition parties agreed at a meeting stretching into Thursday morning on a package of counter-terror measures, coalition sources said. The measures include increasing police powers to deploy undercover agents and empowering Germany's intelligence agencies […]