By Steve Dellar  |  06-17-2018   News
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The British press finally caught onto what we here at thegoldwater.com been telling you for a few days (see our related coverage): German Chancellor Merkel, once considered the most powerful person in Europe, has squirmed herself into an impossible position when it comes to her immigration policy as she has to face off with her new Interior Minister Mr Ernst Seehofer and a vote within her own party next week could well decide her future.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Merkel could be as Germany Chancellor out by next week, MP claims: Kai Whittaker, a member of Angela Merkel&#39;s CDU,… <a href="https://t.co/cPL5scCrCs">https://t.co/cPL5scCrCs</a></p>&mdash; 360MediaX (@360mediaX) <a href="https://twitter.com/360mediaX/status/1008067711916634112?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 16, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Mr Kai Whittaker, a member of Ms Merkel's own Christian Democratic Union, appeared on the BBC’s NewsNight programme yesterday evening and admitted that infighting could weaken the ruling coalition and make her position untenable.

Related coverage: http://thegoldwater.com/news/28743-Germany-Merkel-Coalition-Trembles-Over-Immigration-Crisis

Mr Whittaker: “We are in a serious situation because the question of the migration crisis evolved into a power question.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">“She can survive this… she made clear this is a question of principle” - <a href="https://twitter.com/Kai_Whittaker?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Kai_Whittaker</a> on the future of Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/newsnight?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#newsnight</a> <a href="https://t.co/aFUZQbFyCn">pic.twitter.com/aFUZQbFyCn</a></p>&mdash; BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) <a href="https://twitter.com/BBCNewsnight/status/1007744059140476928?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 15, 2018</a></blockquote>

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“The question is who is leading the government? Is it Angela Merkel or is it Horst Seehofer? Everybody seems to be standing firm and that's the problem.”

“We don't know really. There is a master plan to solve the migration crisis, which consists of 63 ideas of Horst Seehofer. We don't know that concept yet, so we are a bit in the blue.”

Mr Seehofer, who is of Bavarian origin, wants Germany to follow Italy or Austria’s lead when it comes to dealing with illegal immigration and basically shut the border. Ms Merkel wants to stick with her continued policy of relaxed rules for immigration.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Extraordinary EU summit on migration next week, before the scheduled Council!<br> Merkel vs Seehofer, who is wrong-footing who?</p>&mdash; Carlo Bastasin (@CarloBastasin) <a href="https://twitter.com/CarloBastasin/status/1008250606350368768?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 17, 2018</a></blockquote>

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As the BBC Presenter stated that there would be more boats arriving during the coming months, she asked: “Do you think that Merkel will last the summer?”

Related coverage: http://thegoldwater.com/news/28867-Italy-Salvini-Refuses-2-More-Migrant-Ships-To-Dock-In-Ports

To this question, the MP for Rastatt in Baden-Württemberg said at first that the issue remained to be resolved in parliament but when pressed he admitted that there was a risk indeed.

“This kind of has the potential to diminish the authority of her and Horts Seehofer and it could well be that at the end of next week we have a new situation.”

When then asked what he meant by a new situation, Mr Whittaker clarified that he meant this would mean “probably a new Chancellor. I can't say it's out of the question.”

Source:

https://twitter.com/BBCNewsnight/status/1007744059140476928

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Whitey No. 28933 1529232961

Auf wiedersein mein krova!

Schermann No. 28964 1529256464

…if Merkel goes, then the EU folds! And about time because the Treaty if Lisbon is illegal.

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