German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said in an interview on Saturday that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives had “underestimated” the challenge of integrating record numbers of migrants. Gabriel leads the Social Democrats (SPD) — the junior coalition partner in Merkel’s government — and his comments come as campaigning kicks off for a federal election next year and regional elections in Berlin and the eastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. There is widespread concern about how to integrate them into German society and the labor market, and support for the anti-immigrant party Alternative for Germany (AfD) has grown.
28 August, 2016 Germany’s vice chancellor says Merkel underestimated migrant challenge German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said in an interview on Saturday that Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives had "underestimated" the challenge of integrating record numbers of migrants. Gabriel leads the Social Democrats (SPD) -- the junior coalition partner in Merkel's […]
1 December, 2015 Merkel cabinet backs German role in military campaign against IS By Madeline Chambers BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany will join the military campaign against Islamic State (IS) insurgents in Syria under plans approved on Tuesday by Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet -- a big step for a major European power that long resisted a direct role in the conflict. […]
19 January, 2016 Pressure builds on Merkel to close borders as support slides By Madeline Chambers BERLIN (Reuters) - A group of conservative lawmakers urged Angela Merkel to reverse her open-door refugee policy as a poll showed a slide in support for her bloc on Tuesday, raising the stakes for a German chancellor exposed by dee...
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 […]
30 October, 2015 Germany's ability to act on migrants threatened, Merkel deputy says By Michelle Martin BERLIN (Reuters) - German's Social Democrat vice chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, warned on Friday that a dispute among the conservatives over how to handle record inflows of migrants into the country was jeopardising the government's ability to act. Merkel and Horst […]