Merkel says she would prefer new elections over minority govt

German Chancellor Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she would prefer new elections over leading a minority government, following failed coalition talks between parties.

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“My point of view is that new elections would be the better path,” Merkel told Germany’s ARD television, as quoted by Reuters. She said her plans did not include being chancellor in a minority government.

Merkel said that she would run again as a candidate in the event of a new election, and said that her conservative bloc is more united than ever.

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Merkel also said she sees no reason to resign following the failed talks, telling German broadcaster ZDF that she is ready to serve as chancellor for four more years. She added that she feels it is important to send a signal of stability to the country, Europe, and the rest of the world.

The German chancellor said she is disappointed by the Free Democrats’ decision to walk away from the coalition talks, but doesn’t expect them to change their mind.

Merkel could still approach the Social Democrats (SPD), asking them to return to her “grand coalition,” which it served in for four years. However, SPD leaders have vowed not to do so, opting to return to opposition.

When asked by ZDF about the possibility of another “grand coalition”with the Social Democrats, Merkel said she would wait to see the party’s response after their scheduled talks with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Wednesday. She added, however, that any demand for her to step down would not be a good start to a new coalition.

Merkel’s comments came after Steinmeier said that Germany is facing a situation it had not seen in decades. He warned of “great concern” across the country and the rest of Europe if the EU’s “strongest country” couldn’t form a government.

‘Situation unseen in decades’ – German president on failed coalition talks

Bundestag, Berlin

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier says Germany is facing a situation unseen in decades after coalition talks failed. He warned of “great concern” across Europe if the “strongest country” in the EU can’t form a government.

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“We are facing a situation which [we] did not face in the Federal Republic of Germany for almost 70 years,” Steinmeier said.

Steinmeier said that he will be holding talks with the leaders of all parties involved in the discussions, along with German institutions. He also stressed that all parties have a responsibility to try to form a government in the near future.

“All political parties elected to the German parliament have an obligation to the common interest to serve our country,” Steinmeier said. “I expect from all a readiness to talk to make agreeing a government possible in the near future.”

The Free Democratic Party (FDP) walked out of marathon talks shortly before midnight on Sunday, with its leader, Christian Lindner, saying there was “no common basis of trust” between the FDP, German Chancellor Angela Merkel‘s center-right CDU party, and the Greens. He said it was “better not to govern than to govern badly.”

The walkout effectively led to the breakdown of the coalition talks and a potential attempt to form a majority government.

Explaining the motives behind its walkout, the FDP pointed to what it sees as a lack of compromise from other parties on key issues including tax cuts, curbing red tape and education policy, according to the party’s negotiator, Joachim Stamp.

The current major partner of Merkel’s CDU, the Social Democratic Party (SPD), had earlier signaled it would not engage in another grand coalition. On Monday, SPD leader Martin Schuls reiterated the decison.

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Schulz also said that German voters, whom he referred to as “the sovereign,” should be given the chance to “reassess what is going on” following the failed talks. He added that his party is not afraid of new elections, should they take place.

Merkel’s CDU received the largest percentage of votes (32.9%) in the September election, with the SPD placing second with 20.5% of the votes. Die Linke (Radical Left) and the Greens both received around 9%, while almost 11% went to the FDP.

The CDU’s 32.9% was a significant drop from the 41% of votes it received in the 2013 elections. The SPD also lost votes, after gaining 26% in 2013.

Meanwhile, the right-wing and anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party made a historic gain in the September election, becoming the third-largest power in the Bundestag after winning over 13% of the vote. The result made it the first overtly nationalist party to have a place in the German parliament in 60 years. Support for the anti-immigrant movement rose following the 2015 refugee crisis, which saw Germany accept more than one million asylum seekers.

Chancellor Angela Merkel has faced massive criticism for her open door policy ever since, with numerous rallies featuring banners like “Merkel Out” and initiatives teaming up under the hashtag “not my chancellor.”

Maximilian Krah, a former member of Merkel’s CDU, told RT that the refugee issue was rather central to the collapse of the coalition talks.

“If you read the declaration of the liberals when they broke up the coalition talks yesterday night, the migrant crisis was just one word among a lot of others but no one believes that they broke up because of the debate on ‘Industry 4.0’ or digital industry,” he said.

EUROPE REVOLTS AGAINST EU: AUSTRIA TACKLES IMMIGRATION, MERKEL FACES OUSTER

Globalists hit road block as Europeans reject mass migration

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The tide is turning in key parts of Europe as the issues of immigration and national security have reached critical mass, prompting political upheaval across the continent sparked by backlash against open borders.

Austria’s Interior Ministry is reporting that applications for asylum have decreased by 43% this year, while the rate of deportations has increased by over 50%.

Applicants admitted to the asylum program in 2016 nearly maxed out Austria’s cap of 37,500 as over 36,000 were accepted. However, only half of this year’s capacity of 35,000 has been filled – a sharp decline.

The future is even more promising for Austria, as two anti-open borders parties – the dominant People’s Party (OVP) and the surging Freedom Party (FPO) – are working to form a new governing coalition, which could see the admission of migrants drop even more sharply.

If the Freedom Party, led by Heinz-Christian Strache, had their way, Austria would move towards zero or negative immigration flow by way of eliminating its ‘asylum’ program, while deporting many of the tens of thousands of migrants who have settled in the country in recent years.

“We do not need an upper limit, nor a halving of the upper limit – we need a zero-migration, in fact, a minus-migration, because of all the illegals and criminals who are in the country,” Strache said earlier this year. “Let us put an end to this policy of Islamisation… otherwise we Austrians, we Europeans will come to an abrupt end.”

In Germany, Angela Merkel – upon whom many place the most blame for the flood of millions of illegal immigrants into Europe from Africa and the Middle East – is facing the possibility of either being ejected as Chancellor, or the prospect of a second election after her party’s failure to form a coalition, with immigration quotas being a central issue of contention.

Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union missed a critical deadline yesterday while trying to stitch together a three-party “Jamaica coalition,” which could force new elections – or her ouster.

“It’s not just the chancellor’s fourth term that depends on the success of Jamaica, but her entire political career,” reported Bild ahead of the deadline, calling it Merkel’s “most dangerous night.”

Despite the arbitrary cutoff date, talks are expected to continue into the weekend.

Merkel’s party has slipped to its lowest popularity in the polls in 17 years – while the populist, pro-border control Alternative For Germany (AfD) makes record gains.

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“With coalition talks ongoing and Merkel’s position under question, it marks another low point an increasing backlash against her insistence on mass open door migration,” reports Westmonster. “With the anti-mass migration Alternative for Germany on the rise having gone from 0 seats in the Bundestag to over 90, it is clear that the shape of German politics is now changing radically.

Germany’s homeless population explodes as refugee policy backfires

The latest report published by Germany’s Federal Association for Assistance for the Homeless shows the number of people living on the streets has surged by 33 percent in the two years through 2016.

“In 2016 an estimated 52,000 people were living on German streets, an increase of a third on the 39,000 people who were living rough in 2014,” the report says.

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The data also shows that the number of people who don’t have their own home last year totaled 422,000 compared 335,000 two years before. Most of them have to live in collective accommodation or share apartments with friends, partners or family.

The head of the association Thomas Specht cites continuously increasing rents, sluggish wages as well as restricted housing supply among the key reasons behind the figures. The number of council flats had decreased by 60 percent to 1.2 million since 1990, as local councils had to sell off many properties to private investors.

“The authorities have lost control of the stock of affordable housing,” Specht said, as quoted by The Local Germany.

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“The numbers presented today on homelessness are shocking. In our view this proves that ever more people are unable to pay their rents because of low wages and over-indebtedness,” said Ulrike Mascher, President of the social campaign group VdK.

Some politicians tend to blame the so-called open door policy, implemented by the current government, headed by Angela Merkel. The number of refugees from Syria, Libya, Afghanistan and other war-torn countries reportedly increased five-fold during 2015.

However, Specht pointed out that although the influx of migrants had some impact on facilities for the homeless, it couldn’t be the only factor.

Last month, Angela Merkel’s CDU and its Bavarian CSU sister party agreed to limit the number of people allowed to enter Germany for humanitarian reasons to 200,000 annually with migrant workers not to be affected by the plan.

German army ‘plans for break up of the European Union’ in war game scenario

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The German army has war-gamed the break up of the European Union in study of security crises that could face the country by  2040.

Military planners in Berlin played out a scenario in which a growing number of countries follow Britain in leaving the EU, resulting in an “increasingly disorderly” world, Der Spiegel reported.

“The EU enlargement has been largely abandoned, more states have left the bloc,” strategists wrote in a study cited by the magazine.

“The increasingly disorderly, sometimes chaotic and conflictual world has dramatically changed the security policy environment for Germany and Europe.”

Der Speigel said the study could inform German armaments programs in the next several years.

The scenario was one of six examined in a study of security challenges German generals believe could unfold over the next 23 years.

 Armored infantryman of the Bundeswehr, the German armed forces, during a simulated attack as part of military exercises on October 10

The other five include one in which some central and east European states enter an “Eastern bloc,” presumably a reference to the growing influence of Russia.

Other scenarios envisaged European countries embracing “state capitalism” and a halt to globalization.

A spokesman for the German Defence Ministry said the study, called Strategic Perspective 2040, made “robust predictions” but did not attach probabilities to them.

He declined to comment on content of the report, saying it was confidential.

Mark Levin Show: Massive scandal! Clinton campaign, DNC paid for research that led to Russia dossier

This is the most interesting part of 10/24/2017 Mark Levin Show. An incredible revelation! Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped fund research that resulted in a now-famous dossier containing allegations about President Trump’s connections to Russia, people familiar with the matter said. This is a massive scandal now, the entire story has flipped. No wonder the Democrat party kept accusing the Trump campaign of collusion. They accuse of what they themselves have done. (audio from 10-24-2017)

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