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    Merkel, to Survive, Agrees to Border Camps for Migrants

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/02/w...T.nav=top-news

    BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel, who staked her legacy on welcoming hundreds of thousands of migrants into Germany, agreed on Monday to build border camps for asylum seekers and to tighten the border with Austria in a political deal to save her government.

    It was a spectacular turnabout for a leader who has been seen as the standard-bearer of the liberal European order but who has come under intense pressure at home from the far right and from conservatives in her governing coalition over her migration policy.

    Although the move to appease the conservatives exposed her growing political weakness, Ms. Merkel will limp on as chancellor. For how long is unclear. The nationalism and anti-migrant sentiment that has challenged multilateralism elsewhere in Europe is taking root — fast — in mainstream German politics.

    Ms. Merkel agreed to the latest policy after an insurrection over migration policy led by her interior minister, Horst Seehofer, threatened to bring down her coalition.
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    The new policy is subject to the approval of the Social Democrats, the third party in Ms. Merkel’s coalition.

    It would establish camps, called “transit centers,” at points along the border. Newly arriving migrants would be screened in the centers, and any determined to have already applied for asylum elsewhere in the European Union would be turned back.

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    Since then the number of new migrants has dropped to a fraction of what it was three years ago. But the good will has been eroding as Germany has struggled to absorb those already in the country.

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    “The security of our country begins on our borders,” the chancellor told reporters after meeting for several hours with the leaders of her party and those of Mr. Seehofer’s Bavarian conservatives.

    She described the measure as simultaneously a national action to secure Germany’s borders, but in cooperation with the European Union partner countries that the refugees are coming from.


    But Mr. Kleine-Brockhoff saw it differently.

    “What looks like a power struggle surrounding Ms. Merkel, behind this is actually a conflict about the integrity of the European project,” he said. “The four freedoms of the E.U. can no longer be enforced. We can’t agree on freedom of movement of refugees and immigrants; the whole system has ceased to function.”


  • #2
    The Donald calls das Angela and says, "German Hillary, are you listening now?".

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Cowboy's daughter View Post
      “The four freedoms of the E.U. can no longer be enforced. We can’t agree on freedom of movement of refugees and immigrants; the whole system has ceased to function.”
      Again libtards defining legislation based on feelings rather than the law (aka the nasty thing called facts). The four freedoms only fully apply to citizens of the EU just like muslims from sh*thole countries can't claim freedom of religion based on 1A of the US Constitution that only applies to US citizens.

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      • #4
        So the Germans are building camps now?
        o_0

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ATSzmrots View Post
          So the Germans are building camps now?
          o_0
          Yeah so to finish what was started back in WW2 for the untermenschen...

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          • #6
            Old habits die hard.

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            • #7
              took them a while to figure it out

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ATSzmrots View Post
                So the Germans are building camps now?
                o_0

                Guten tag dein shower is of ready.

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                • #9
                  Anything to save her own hide.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ATSzmrots View Post
                    So the Germans are building camps now?
                    o_0
                    Originally posted by JakeScully View Post

                    Yeah so to finish what was started back in WW2 for the untermenschen...
                    Originally posted by Ivan le Fou View Post
                    Old habits die hard.
                    In all seriousness, comments like those are why this country (to the detriment of the whole continent, I hasten to add) is unable to muster reasonable immigration policies.

                    I really can't wrap my head around it. Why does Western Europe act surprised Berlin is in virtue-signalling mode if tabloids title "Don't mention the war!" in 2018? Why does Warsaw act surprised Berlin's in virtue-signalling mode if all of a sudden they demand reparations from 79 years ago?

                    I guess, my point is, there's not only a leftist political correctness. There's also a centrist and a rightist one. It's mind-boggling to me how many who push an agenda would rather come across as being the shit than they wish to be effective.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Mike1976 View Post

                      Again libtards defining legislation based on feelings rather than the law (aka the nasty thing called facts). The four freedoms only fully apply to citizens of the EU just like muslims from sh*thole countries can't claim freedom of religion based on 1A of the US Constitution that only applies to US citizens.

                      Human rights apply to everyone. Everyone.

                      That said it's no surprise Germany is finally feeling the pinch. The refugee numbers have simply swamped the state's ability to take them all in. Sooner or later some will have to be turned away.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by budgie View Post

                        ...

                        That said it's no surprise Germany is finally feeling the pinch. The refugee numbers have simply swamped the state's ability to take them all in. Sooner or later some will have to be turned away.
                        It would be a lot easier (and probably 75% smaller as a problem) if they were making a proper distinction between those who are genuine refugees from war and prosecution and those who are economic migrants. One is deserved for support, the others considerably less so.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by budgie View Post
                          Human rights apply to everyone. Everyone.

                          That said it's no surprise Germany is finally feeling the pinch. The refugee numbers have simply swamped the state's ability to take them all in. Sooner or later some will have to be turned away.
                          1.
                          Asylum is a human right. The right of entry is a citizen's right. Australia's policies in this regard are the most sound in my humble opinion; an application for asylum could be processed everywhere, the process doesn't need to take place on one's home turf.

                          2.
                          Germany's been feeling the pinch for ages. Those higher up the food chain with their armored SUVs and gated communities just wouldn't listen.

                          I still believe Merkel did a good job governing this country till about 2011-ish. Then came Fukushima though. The "risk" of nuclear power seemed proven and a country predominantly against that mode of energy production called her out for not taking a scientific stance about it. So she buckled and abolished nuclear power, much to the international journalistic community's delight which up to that point had hated Merkel as the face of "austerity". With the liberal media's backing she'd go on to score a landslide victory in 2013.

                          This experience kicked off a mutation of sorts. Out went Merkel the pragmatist, in came Merkel the neurotic, ever anxious of what journalists might think of her.

                          The right's narrative Merkel'd forced Europe to open up to immigrants in a whim (Daily Mail) isn't correct. Almost half a million had already entered Europe via Greece before Merkel even ever inserted herself into this thing.

                          A single interview with a Syrian declaring he was intent on reaching Germany set all wheels in motion; a truckload of 71 dead migrants on an Austrian motorway made sure they became unstoppable. The liberal press, being the liberal press, chastized Merkel for not reaching out to those poor wandering souls. Merkel, being Merkel, promised that she would. At the same time, hundreds of thousands of refugees were already crossing into Austria, with the government of Hungary's active aid by the way.

                          Germany's Minister of the Interior at that time responded by ordering helicopters and armored vehicles to the Austro-German border. Literally minutes before a lockdown would've been put into effect, Merkel ordered them to stand down.

                          In my estimation it's more than obvious Merkel feared to facilitate news reels of malnourished children sobbing beneath uniformed Germans. She even said she believed the world had given Germany a chance to "make amends". She did not foresee or downright ignored her leniency would encourage more illegal immigrants to try and enter the European Union, and for this act of criminal negligence alone she should've stepped down.

                          In all this Merkel was aided by some peculiarities of the political landscape in Germany and the West in general. Having eliminated all internal competition, she was in 2014 the most undisputed leader her party had ever had. None were left to oppose her from the inside, and both parliament minority and mainstream media whose natural role would've been to criticize the government were overjoyed anyway.

                          Her pseudo-change of mind as of late was brought about by the fact that unlike what international press correspondents keep telling the world, many Germans (some surveys suggest a solid majority) have been fiercely critical of Merkel for years. Mr. Seehofer's persistence (who as an outsider had more room to breathe) deprived her of her narrative of having the country's backing, that's why she hastened to quell this mutiny asap no matter the cost.

                          And make no mistake, she doesn't have "full backing"; directly, only 12,7 mio. of the nation's 60 mio. votes declared in favor of her (!). Without millions of votes from the left she would've been screwed. Sadly this country's political system grants an advantage of incumbency; each voter has two votes, the latter reserved for one's MP candidate of choice. As sitting MPs tend to get reelected and Merkel's CDU used to have many of those, they're what's corrected her abysmal vote tally upwards.

                          Without all those stars aligning for her, she'd have been a goner.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by budgie View Post


                            Human rights apply to everyone. Everyone.

                            That said it's no surprise Germany is finally feeling the pinch. The refugee numbers have simply swamped the state's ability to take them all in. Sooner or later some will have to be turned away.
                            She told a crying Lebanese or Palestinian child that she would probably have to go home as there was no more room in Germany.
                            Suddenly not even a year later she opens the flood gates for the Syrian war.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Hildemel View Post

                              She told a crying Lebanese or Palestinian child that she would probably have to go home as there was no more room in Germany.
                              Suddenly not even a year later she opens the flood gates for the Syrian war.
                              "We will manage".

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