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Italy Leaves Merkel Stunned, Demands Europe Rip Up Existing Migrant System

  • Italy Leaves Merkel Stunned, Demands Europe Rip Up Existing Migrant System
    by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/
    In our preview of Sunday’s now-concluded emergency EU meeting on refugee policy which the FT dubbed “The summit to save Merkel”, we said that the German chancellor fate could be decided as soon as today should a newly populist Italy present a set of insurmountable demands on how to deal with Europe’s migrant problem. And judging by the opening salvo, the odds of Merkel’s political career just slumped after Italy’s prime minister Giuseppe Conti demanded the EU rip up its system for dealing with migrants, laying bare seemingly insurmountable divisions in the bloc over migration policy.

    The hastily-gathered meeting, a segue to the formal EU summit scheduled for June 28 in which migration will be the key topic, was requested by Berlin as a chance for Ms Merkel to press for stronger powers for countries to send back asylum seekers already registered in another EU country: a key condition in an ultimatum that was handed to Merkel last week and which threatens her tenure as chancellor.

    In other words, Merkel was testing the water to see how much of a political case she can formally make at the international level on Thursday, one that supposedly saves her career domestically.

    She was, however, stunned after the Italian prime instead called for “radical change” in the EU’s so-called Dublin principle that makes frontline countries such as Italy responsible for dealing with asylum claims and allows for registered asylum seekers that move on to another country to be sent back to the state they landed in.

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June 25, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics, Social Trends | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Germany’s Refugee Row: Can Merkel Survive? | DW English

  • DW English Published on Jun 22, 2018
    Chancellor Merkel has her back to the wall as tensions mount in Germany’s refugee row. The question is: Can she come up with a solution to prevent her government from being blown apart?

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June 24, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics, Social Trends | , , , | Leave a comment

Under-Fire Merkel Says EU Summit Won’t Solve Migration Issue

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/694786/Merkelmussweg-protest-Berlin-Angela-Merkel-refugee-policy-immigration-Germany

Merkel MUST go! 

  • Under-Fire Merkel Says EU Summit Won’t Solve Migration Issue
    by AFP, https://www.thelocal.de/
    Chancellor Angela Merkel Friday played down expectations that an EU summit next week will reach a solution on the issue of migration that has plunged her government into crisis.

    Speaking on a visit to Lebanon, Merkel said that “we know that no solution will be reached on Thursday and Friday at the level of the 28 member states… on the overall issue of migration”. Instead, she said, “bilateral, trilateral and multilateral” deals must be reached to tackle the issue – a message echoed almost word for word by her spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer at a Berlin press conference.

    The comments came after Italy’s new coalition of far-right and anti-establishment parties made clear it does not want to take in more migrants, and after several eastern European states said they would stay away from preliminary talks on the issue Sunday.

    Italy’s far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini reiterated in comments to German news weekly Der Spiegel that “we cannot take in one more person. On the contrary: we want to send away a few.”

    Merkel, after allowing more than one million asylum seekers into Germany since 2015, has faced a strong domestic backlash that has now turned into a government crisis, just over 100 days into her fourth term.

    Her hardline Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has given her an ultimatum till the end of the month to reach EU deals allowing Germany to turn back asylum seekers already registered in another member country.

    After that, he has vowed to defy her by ordering German border police to turn back those migrants, setting the stage for a showdown that could end Merkel’s fragile coalition government.

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June 23, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics, Social Trends | , , , , | Leave a comment

DUTCH FURY: Macron and Merkel’s Eurozone Reforms Brutally Shot Down with ONE Question

  • DUTCH FURY: Macron and Merkel’s Eurozone Reforms Brutally Shot Down with ONE Question
    by CARLY READ, https://www.express.co.uk/
    EMMANUEL Macron and Angela Merkel’s Franco-German campaign for a €25BILLLION Eurozone kitty to help finance crumbling member states has been brutally shot down by the Dutch Minister of Finance with one simple question.

    Wopke Hoestra laughed off France and Germany’s joint crusade for a multi-billion euro debt relief that would be paid for by the EU’s 28 member states by asking the rhetorical question “What do we need it for?”. He added: “For me this is a solution without a problem.”

    Mr Hoestra went on to say the EU had other issues it should devote itself to before adding “but that’s not part of it”, referring to Mr Macron’s budget proposal which after much pleading was given the nod by bosom buddy Ms Merkel.

    Poland joined the Netherlands in slamming the proposal, which has raised many questions about exactly how it would be funded, with Krzysztof Szczerski, who heads Poland’s President Andrzej Duda’s cabinet, issuing a chilling warning to the bloc.

    He said should the countries of the monetary union finance the budget themselves, it would not be an issue. “But if it is created at the expense of its contributions to the general budget, then this would be the end of the EU,” he added.

    Mr Macron is spearheading the campaign which he launched after a catalogue of crises with member states over the past few months that have put the Eurozone on the brink of collapse.

    First, there was Spain, which has been torn apart following Catalonia’s shock referendum that saw residents vote by a landslide to become their own independent state.

    Italy then plagued Brussels with a number of catastrophes when after months of political deadlock, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte was finally sworn in after elections dating as far back as early March were deemed inconclusive.

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June 23, 2018 Posted by | Economics, EndTimes, GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

12 European States Revolt Against Merkel, Macron Plan To Reform Europe

  • 12 European States Revolt Against Merkel, Macron Plan To Reform Europe
    by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/
    Two days ago, when we laid out the components of Merkel and Macron’s blueprint to reform the EU, we said that while “Macron suggested the proposal will be presented to other countries, with specifics to be worked out later this year and the plans to take effect from 2021, it was unclear how he plans to get “other countries” to vote for a proposal which has already led to the alienation of Central and Eastern Europe, Brexit and an openly populist government in Italy.”

    We did not have to wait long for confirmation, because just two days later, Europe’s two self-proclaimed leaders were facing an unexpected backlash from most other European governments against the German and French plans for a common eurozone budget, dealing a blow to the two countries’ ambitions for a big overhaul of the single currency area.

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June 23, 2018 Posted by | Economics, EndTimes, GeoPolitics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Trump’s America First Policy Could Bring about a Powerful EU Superstate that Leaves Britain Out in the Cold

  • The US-Pentagram igniting a WW3 in eastern Europe using NATO should do it. Ie. unite the Europeans into a superstate.
  • Trump’s America First Policy Could Bring about a Powerful EU Superstate that Leaves Britain Out in the Cold
    by Tom Hinchcliffe, https://metro.co.uk/
    The presidency of Donald Trump has been one based on an America-first foreign policy. This, coupled with his erratic rhetoric, has changed the international values associated with the United States. So for the first time in a generation, American values differ greatly to that of the states making up the European Union. Trump believes this strategy will eventually force the European states to capitulate to his nationalist foreign policy, allowing the United States to become an unchallenged superpower state.

    However, it is more likely that it will embolden anti-US flavour across Europe and promote political integration on an unprecedented scale. Trump’s forthright approach to his relationship with Europe has redefined the long-standing transatlantic relationship between the United States and its European allies. It has now deteriorated to the point where Jens Stoltenberg, the usually impartial head of NATO, has urged the United States and Europe to work closely together to prevent a breakdown in relations.

    This unprecedented intervention comes as the President launched into one of his typical, undiplomatic Twitter rants, in which he claimed ‘the people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition’.

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June 22, 2018 Posted by | EndTimes, GeoPolitics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Circle Closed: Merkel, Macron Want EU Border States to Deal with Refugees After Quota System Failure

  • Circle Closed: Merkel, Macron Want EU Border States to Deal with Refugees After Quota System Failure
    by https://www.rt.com/
    With no end in sight to the EU refugee crisis, Berlin and Paris look to put the burden of dealing with asylum seekers on the countries where they first register. The seeming return to ‘old rules’ is poised to split Europe further.

    During their meeting ahead of the EU summit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron pledged to “jointly and resolutely tackle” what they euphemistically called “secondary movements inside the EU.” An elusive wording used in the so-called Meseberg Declaration adopted by the two leaders effectively means one thing: Macron and Merkel want all the newly arrived asylum seekers and migrants to stay in the EU countries where they were first registered while their cases are being processed. This would leave the EU southern member states to deal with the new arrivals alone.

    The problem, however, is that the same rules embodied in what is known as the ill-fated EU Dublin Regulation already proved to be dysfunctional at the height of the 2015 refugee crisis.

    “It is a de-facto return to the Dublin Agreement, which was disavowed by Merkel herself when she opened Germany’s borders for refugees back in 2015,”
    Evgenia Pimenova, an expert at the International Studies Center of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), told RT.


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June 21, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics, Social Trends | , , , , | Leave a comment

EU ON THE BRINK: Merkel Migration Distraction Could Plunge Brussels into ‘TURBULENT TIMES’

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/694786/Merkelmussweg-protest-Berlin-Angela-Merkel-refugee-policy-immigration-Germany

Merkel MUST go! Germans plan ‘huge’ demonstration over leader’s open door asylum policy.

  • EU ON THE BRINK: Merkel Migration Distraction Could Plunge Brussels into ‘TURBULENT TIMES’
    by JOE BARNES, BRUSSELS CORRESPONDENT, https://www.express.co.uk/
    ANGELA MERKEL’S desperate attempt to hold onto power in Germany after a migration row within her own Grand Coalition could dominate the European Union’s June summit completely knocking its agenda off-kilter.

    The German Chancellor earned a two week reprieve from her coalition partners the Christian Social Union after its leader and the country’s Interior Minister Horst Seehofer demanded a tightening of Germany’s borders. The CSU leader said Germany should start rejecting migrants at the border if they have already registered in another EU country, a complete contrast to Ms Merkel’s 2015 open-door policy which saw over a million refugees enter the country.

    After a series of crisis talks, Mr Seehofer granted Ms Merkel two weeks grace in order to hold meetings with her EU counterparts in order to find a continent-wide asylum solution. CSU leaders remain doubtful that a solution will emerge from the talks in the upcoming weeks. The Bavarian party’s parliamentary leader Alexander Dobrindt said: “A European solution means skating on thin ice.”

    The Bavarians will unlikely defy Ms Merkel but doing so would leave her CDU and the Grand Coalition’s third parter the Social Democrats without a parliamentary majority.

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June 21, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Merkel, Macron Reach Deal on Euro Reforms to Challenge the Dollar

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-19/merkel-macron-reach-deal-on-euro-reforms-to-challenge-dollar

American hegemony over Europe is coming to an end. Ths US dollar is about to get a heart attack unless Trump backs it with gold soon. Click on image for article.

June 20, 2018 Posted by | Economics, EndTimes, GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Merkel and Macron Unveil ‘NEW CHAPTER’ for Eurozone in Major Budget Reforms

  • Implied in this move (along with EU Army and EU finance minister) is: United States of Europe. The final endtimes federation of 10 nations, 10 Horn Beast Revived Roman empire is coming into view.
  • Merkel and Macron Unveil ‘NEW CHAPTER’ for Eurozone in Major Budget Reforms
    by ALICE SCARSI, https://www.express.co.uk/
    GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed to create a “real” budget for the eurozone – but left the details to be worked out by other members of the monetary union.

    Leaders of the Franco-German motor of the European Union met on Tuesday in Meseberg, outside Berlin, to lay out their plan to revive the financial situation of the bloc. The pair produced an eight-page declaration titled ‘Renewing Europe’s promises of security and prosperity’. Both leaders hailed their agreement a “new chapter” for the currency union, and spoke enthusiastically of the deal.

    Mr Macron, who has been pushing since the re-appointment of Mrs Merkel to lay out his vision of a new, “rebuilt” EU, said: “It will be a real budget, with annual revenues and spending. “This is a political commitment we make together which will require technical work at the ministerial level by the end of the year, and then indispensable treaty change the year after.”

    And Mrs Merkel said: “We are opening a new chapter. “We know that an economic and monetary union can only remain intact if economic policies converge.” The German Chancellor said this new budget would be used to strengthen economic convergence within the eurozone. 

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https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/907849/Angela-Merkel-Emmanuel-Macron-Germany-France-European-Union-United-States-Europe

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https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/968888/angela-merkel-emmanuel-macron-eu-united-states-of-europe

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https://sputniknews.com/analysis/201712091059858841-united-states-of-europe-disobedient-countries/

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https://www.rt.com/news/412392-schulz-united-states-of-europe/

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https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5093010/german-eurocrat-demands-eu-members-sign-up-to-united-states-of-europe-or-quit-bloc/

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June 20, 2018 Posted by | Economics, EndTimes, GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Merkel on Brink: Chancellor Fears ‘Domino Effect’ Will Cause EU-Wide Rift Over Migration

  • Merkel on Brink: Chancellor Fears ‘Domino Effect’ Will Cause EU-Wide Rift Over Migration
    by CIARAN MCGRATH, https://www.express.co.uk/
    GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel fears that unless EU nations develop a consistent migration policy, a “domino effect” would cause massive problems throughout the bloc, as she battles to prevent the collapse of her beleaguered coalition Government.

    Mrs Merkel, leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) made her remarks during a press conference during which she confirmed she had agreed a compromise deal with coalition partner the Christian Social Union which gives her one last chance to thrash out an EU-wide deal on migrants at the European Council summit on June 28 and 29, at which the issue will be up for discussion.

    Failure to do so will almost certainly lead to the CSU demanding immigration curbs which could sink her administration. Interior Minister, and CSU chairman, Horst Seehofer wants to see Germany refuse entry to migrants who have already been registered in another European Union country such as Italy or Greece, where they often land from the Middle East or North Africa.

    However, Mrs Merkel is opposed to this as she believes it would compromise Germany’s open-door policy, which saw the country welcome more than one million migrants at the height of the refugee crisis in 2015.

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June 20, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , | Leave a comment

Macron and Merkel to Talk EU Reform in Shadow of Migrant Crisis

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  • Macron and Merkel to Talk EU Reform in Shadow of Migrant Crisis
    by http://www.france24.com/en/
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday hosts French President Emmanuel Macron for joint cabinet talks on EU reform, especially the flashpoint issue of immigration that divides the bloc and heaps domestic pressure on Merkel.

    A defiant Interior Minister Horst Seehofer warned that he would give Merkel a fortnight to find a European deal to curb new arrivals by a June 28-29 EU summit, failing which he vowed to order border police to turn back migrants.

    Merkel immediately rejected the threat, saying there would be “no automatism” if no European deal was found, and warned Seehofer and his Bavarian CSU party that she is ultimately in charge of government policy.

    Wading into the crisis, Trump tweeted: “The people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition. “We don’t want what is happening with immigration in Europe to happen with us!”

    The sharp escalation of tensions between Merkel and her long-time Bavarian allies came with EU nations once again at loggerheads over immigration, triggered by Italy’s refusal this month to allow a rescue ship carrying 630 migrants to dock. Arriving for talks with Merkel on Monday evening, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte stressed that his country cannot be left alone to deal with the influx.

    “Italian borders are European borders. We must act together on several fronts rather than accept divisions in Europe on responsibility and solidarity,” he warned.

    Merkel therefore needs to balance Seehofer’s demands to turn away migrants who have been registered in another EU country — often Italy or  Greece as their first port of call — with the frontline nations’ call for solidarity.

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June 20, 2018 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics | , , , | Leave a comment

German, French Leaders Propose Eurozone Budget

  • German, French Leaders Propose Eurozone Budget
    by The Associated Press, via https://www.nytimes.com/
    BERLIN — The leaders of Germany and France agreed Tuesday to create a Eurozone budget they hope will boost investment and provide a safety mechanism for the 19 nations using the euro currency, and also to seek a European solution to migration issues.

    The announcement from German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron came after a meeting in Berlin to coordinate the two major powers’ positions on the future of the European Union ahead of next week’s EU summit.

    Though Merkel had been lukewarm on Macron’s idea of a European budget, in a declaration adopted by both leaders following the meeting they said they had agreed upon a proposal to establish one aimed at “competitiveness and convergence.” “It could finance new investments and come in substitution of national spending,” they said.

    Merkel said the two also agreed to enhance the effectiveness of the European Stability Mechanism, or ESM, which was established in 2012 to provide eurozone nations access to financial assistance in the event of crisis.

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June 20, 2018 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics | , , , | Leave a comment

Is the End of Merkel Era Looming Because of Immigration?

  • RT Published on Jun 18, 2018
    Chancellor Merkel’s backing a strict new border control plan, as her coalition threatens to break up over the migrant crisis. From July 1, Germany may turn away immigrants registered in other EU countries, if there’s no bloc agreement on the issue. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/97ve

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June 19, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics, Social Trends | , , | Leave a comment

END OF MERKEL Would Trigger ‘Uncontrollable’ EU-Wide Break-Up: Europe Fears ‘Nightmare’

  • END OF MERKEL Would Trigger ‘Uncontrollable’ EU-Wide Break-Up: Europe Fears ‘Nightmare’
    by OLI SMITH, https://www.express.co.uk/
    THE biggest threat to the EU is the imminent collapse of Angela Merkel’s fragile coalition, which would lead to a Europe-wide breakup “in an uncontrollable way” according to a leading left-wing and pro-EU commentator.

    The political instability that has rocked the German government could set in motion the breakup of the European Union, according to Paul Mason, a left-wing commentator.

    Angela Merkel faces a make-or-break week as German Chancellor, after leading figures in her sister party, the Christian Social Union, gave her a stark ultimatum.  In an unprecedented challenge to Mrs Merkel’s authority, the CSU will give Chancellor Angela Merkel a two-week deadline to meet its demands for overhauling asylum policy, according to German paper Bild.

    Speaking on the BBC’s Politics Europe, Mason said Angela Merkel’s instability, sparked following a migration debate, could become a “nightmare scenario” for Europe.

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June 19, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , | Leave a comment