Merkel Accepts 2-Week Ultimatum Amid Migrant Row

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Despite major disagreements on migration policy between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the country’s interior minister, Horst Seehofer, both politicians seem to show a readiness to compromise.

The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader, Angela Merkel, has announced that she agrees with Horst Seehofer, head of Bavaria’s Christian Social Union (CSU), on further steps in the migration policy, citing a dispute that has jeopardized the decade-long alliance between their parties.

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The chancellor noted that both sister parties support Seehofer’s “Masterplan for Migration” and have a common goal to better organize immigration in Germany, as well as significantly reduce the influx of refugees entering the country.

The interior minister gave Merkel two weeks to negotiate a European solution to the migration crisis, an ultimatum accepted by the chancellor, according to the German DPA news agency. If, by the end of this period, Merkel cannot present an agreement negotiated with EU partners, migrants will be turned back at the German borders.On July 1, after the EU summit, Merkel is due to inform the CDU leadership about the state of her negotiations with the European countries that were most of all affected by the migration crisis.

Seehofer, in turn, stated that “it is a scandal, if people banned from entry still arrive in Germany.” The minister pledged to immediately instruct the federal police to change the situation.

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Previously, the union of the two parties, the CDU and the CSU, was on the brink of collapse, as the partners failed to agree over harder border checks proposed by Seehofer, since his stance contradicts Merkel’s migration policy principle of SC

Seehofer’s blueprint calls for some refugees to be rejected on the country’s national borders if they have already been registered in other EU countries.Since 2015, Europe has been struggling to cope with the effects of an influx of refugees, with hundreds of thousands of migrants fleeing war and social crises in the Middle East and Africa.

New figures from the EU Asylum Agency show that no where in Europe are there as many asylum applications as in Germany. With more than 222,000 requests, it is almost two times more than in Italy. Fifty-three percent of all refugees registered in the EU in 2017 live in Germany.

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Immigration policy is a burning issue, not only in Europe. US President Donald Trump has expressed his sympathy with Germans and blamed immigration for high crime rates in Germany.

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In another Twitter message, Trump added that he does not want what is happening with immigration in Europe to happen in the United States.

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MERKEL GONE IN A WEEK?

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By ALESSANDRA SCOTTO DI SANTOLO

GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel could lose her powerful seat in the heart of Europe as soon as next week amid clashes within her coalition Government over EU migration policies, claimed German MP Kai Whittaker.

Speaking on BBC World at One, the German politician claimed clashes between  and German interior minister Horst Seehofer could result in a “new political situation” in Germany by the end of next week.

The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) politician said it was still unclear in Berlin what the essence of the disagreement between the Chancellor and Mr Seehofer was and that other members of the coalition had been left “in the blue”.

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

“The question is who is leading the Government? Is it Angela Merkel or is it Horst Seehofer?

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“Everybody seems to be standing firm and that’s the problem.”

Asked what the German Chancellor and her interior minister are clashing over, he replied: “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.

“This must have to do with the coming election in Bavaria because it is vital for the Conservatives to win an overall majority because that’s why they have a national importance.

“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.

“Probably a new Chancellor.”

Mr Seehofer, of the Christian Social Union (CSU), has often voiced his hostility towards Mrs Merkel’s open border policy, which brought more than a million refugees in the country in 2015.

He pushed for police forces to have the power to turn away undocumented migrants at the border if they are already registered in another European Union country.

But Mrs Merkel opposes to such measure and has held emergency talks with members of her party to look for support.

Despite them pledging to back her, her MPs are also demanding a change in Germany’s “open-door” migration policy.

And CSU MPs already declared they will support their leader, Mr Seehofer.

The rift puts Mrs Merkel in an awkward situation as she is facing a serious challenge to her authority which could limit her ability to negotiate with other EU state members.

And her own position as a Chancellor is under threat because a walkout of CSU MPs from the coalition would see her losing a majority in Parliament.

The plan proposed by Mr Seehofer would replace an already existing EU rule, which allows Germany to send asylum-seekers back to the first member state they entered.

Immigration, Terrorism Dominate EU Public Opinion Poll

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By Dan Lyman

A new Eurobarometer poll conducted for the European Commission reveals that immigration and terrorism are the overwhelming top concerns across the bloc.

Respondents in 21 out of 28 EU member states ranked immigration as the number one issue, and the subject received the highest overall mentions (38%) followed by terrorism (29%).

Estonians are most concerned with immigration (62%) followed by Czechs (58%) and Hungarians (56%).

Six remaining member states ranked immigration in second place, with Portugal providing the only aberration, where it was the fifth most important issue.

Terrorism – which can often be linked to immigration – was the most important issue in seven nations.

Interestingly, in Sweden, where lax border controls and an open door to migrants have lead to a stunning surge in sex crimesviolence and no-go zones, ‘climate change’ was the biggest concern for 29% of respondents – the highest in the EU.

Results of the Eurobarometer poll track closely with those of a YouGov survey conducted in 11 European countries in April.

As Infowars Europe reported, immigration was the primary concern in nine countries and second most important in two more, and terrorism ranked first or second in nine of those nations, as well.

In a 2017 study conducted by Chatham House, the think tank made similar discoveries with a comparable sampling of over 10,000 Europeans, finding that “across all 10 of the European countries an average of 55% agreed that all further migration from mainly Muslim countries should be stopped, 25% neither agreed nor disagreed and 20% disagreed.”

Immigration concerns have most recently engulfed Germany, where Chancellor Angela Merkel‘s reign teeters on the brink.

Promoting diversity? Teacher wears full face Muslim veil, reads from Koran in Swiss school

Promoting diversity? Teacher wears full face Muslim veil, reads from Koran in Swiss school

A teacher in Switzerland has made headlines after wearing a full face veil and reading passages from the Koran out loud during a lesson on Islam, local media reports. The stunt was apparently aimed at promoting diversity.

“She [the teacher] came into class completely veiled without warning and started reading lines from [the] Koran out loud”, students from a vocational school in the Swiss capital told local 20 Minuten newspaper.

Though nobody is said to have left the class, the extraordinary move raised a few eyebrows. Some of the students claimed later that “it did not belong in a classroom,” the news outlet reports.

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The video released by 20 Minuten claims to show the teacher in question wearing a niqab – a Muslim face-covering veil – reading passages from the Koran. Some of the words are bleeped out. The teacher, however, is not a Muslim and reportedly bought the niqab during a vacation in Egypt.

The school administration backed the lesson as promoting diversity. The teacher was discussing the book ‘The Kite Runner’ by Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini. Set in the late 1970s, the book tells the story of the fall of Afghanistan’s monarchy and the rise of the Taliban.

“Individual aspects were discussed in class, such as the history of Afghanistan or the Taliban,” Daniel Hurter, the deputy director of the school, said“[This] Thursday [the class] was about Islam.” He even claimed students were “happy” with how the subject was presented.

The ‘Koran teaching’ lesson has nevertheless sparked controversy outside the walls of the school. Stefan Wittwer, from a local union of education facilities, said that if the teacher presented the topic without context, it would not be appropriate. He added that “realistic teaching is a good thing.”

Local politician Irene Kalin said the approach was “insensitive” and that it would have been better if the teacher had invited a Muslim woman to read the Koran.
Another politician, Matthias Aebischer, echoed her statement, saying the teacher should have just taken the niqab to class and shown it without wearing it. “To discuss Buddhism, she probably wouldn’t come and meditate in a monk’s robe.” 

Around 350,000 of Switzerland’s population of 8.3 million are Muslim. In December 2017, Swiss authorities rejected a campaign sponsored by the Swiss People’s Party (SVP) calling for a nationwide ban on face veils. The federal government referred the issue to individual cantons. It noted that Ticino and St. Gallen cantons opted for a ban, while the others were opposed.

Legislation banning full face veils has been adopted by a number of European countries, while in several others, laws are currently under consideration. France was the first EU country to ban Islamic face veils in public places in 2010, citing security reasons.

Earlier in June, the upper house of the Dutch Parliament finally put to a vote a controversial bill banning face veils in public places, including public transport and schools.

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Muslim Students to Swedish Teacher: Won’t Listen to You “Because You’re White”

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Swedish teachers are concerned over Muslim students’ open hostility to non-Muslims allegedly learned from their extracurricular Koran studies.

Kent Karlsson, a teacher at a school with students from grades three to six in Borlänge, said Muslim students wouldn’t listen to him because he was white or a non-Muslim.

“… Students question teachers who do not have [a] Muslim background by saying, ‘I do not listen to you because you are white’ or ‘You are not Muslim, why should I listen to you?’” He said. “This occurs in all age groups, from six-year-olds to thirteen-year-olds.”

“It worries me if some of the children in the Koran school interprets that it is only Muslim men and women to listen to.”

The additional course-load is reportedly taking a toll on the young students’ performance as koran studies can be three to five days a week after normal school hours.

Other teachers who wished to remain anonymous said the Muslim students are not doing their homework or even passing because of the workload learning Islamic scriptures requires.

“… The children are tired and unable to do the maths or writing lessons they received at school. [It] is clear they miss knowledge,” says one teacher.

Karlsson recognized the merits of memorizing long texts, but was ultimately concerned with whether or not the Koran studies took precedent over his Swedish curriculum.

“If all the power is needed to learn these texts on the outside, and that the power is not left to work with the school that is mandatory, then I can say I’m worried,” he says.

Correspondingly, Swedish officials are on record with concerns that a “shadow society” is forming among migrants who refuse to assimilate.

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MERKEL ‘PINNED TO A WALL’ OVER MIGRANT CRISIS

Merkel ‘Pinned to a Wall’ Over Migrant Crisis

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s grasp on power is slipping as a political revolt over the migrant crisis has her “pinned to a wall,” according to one analyst.

A heated showdown within her government has exposed divisions that many believe cannot be mended and could ultimately lead to her ouster if pressure intensifies.

Merkel’s rejection of tighter border security proposals from her Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, considered a hardliner on immigration, served as the ultimate tipping point, and a scheduled Thursday session in the Bundestag was canceled after failed late-night talks – a rare occurrence.

Analysts at globalist think tanks have been on edge, warning that this could be the beginning of the end for Merkel, who barely cobbled together a coalition months after the 2017 elections.

“To those who argue that Europe’s populist wave is over-hyped, it now has Merkel pinned to a wall,” tweeted Matthew Goodwin, a visiting senior fellow at Chatham House. “Nothing will be the same from hereon. Ivan Krastev was right when he argued that the refugee crisis would be a game changer.”

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“I am in Berlin and you can cut the tension with a knife,” asserted Peter Rough of the Hudson Institute. “Merkel is on the brink at the moment. In fact, one foot is over the ledge and she is peering into the abyss. AfD may be merely in opposition, but their pressuring of CSU from the right may lead to end of her chancellorship.”

Tom Wright, senior fellow at the Brookings Institute also weighed in, saying, “Biggest story you’re likely missing right now: Merkel in an internal party crisis in Germany (over migration) and could lose a confidence vote this week, leading to her resignation. Situation in Berlin on a knife edge.”

It is unclear how events will play out over the weekend, but all bets are off the table as the anti-migration populist wave spreads westward across the continent.

Germany’s population has grown by two million since the start of the migrant crisis in 2015.


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HUNGARIAN PM: ‘POPULATION REPLACEMENT UNDERWAY IN EUROPE, SPECULATORS LIKE SOROS HOPE TO PROFIT FROM ITS RUINATION’

Hungarian PM: ‘Population Replacement Underway in Europe, Speculators Like Soros Hope to Profit from Its Ruination’

“We’ve managed to ensure that now every migrant knows that they shouldn’t follow the path marked by the signpost pointing to Hungary.”

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Hungary’s Viktor Orbán has warned that another “high tide” of mass migration is approaching and that financial speculators like George Soros hope to profit from the “ruination of Europe” via mass migration.

In a Kossuth Radio discussion on the growing flood of illegal migrants into Balkan countries just outside the European Union — Bosnia has seen arrivals surge by 600 to 700 per cent in recent months — Prime Minister Orbán warned Europe was “seeing signs of a new migration wave, of a rising tide following a low tide; it’s rising now, and this poses a challenge.”

“We’ve managed to ensure that now every migrant knows that they shouldn’t follow the path marked by the signpost pointing to Hungary,” he said, referring to the anti-illegal immigration ‘Stop Soros’ legislative package currently passing through the Hungarian parliament, and the robust border wall he built at the height of the migrant crisis in 2015.

Tens of thousands of migrants are simply rerouting around Hungary to reach the generous welfare states of Western and Northern Europe, however — with the new Orbán-aligned populist coalition in Austria warning that it may seal its border with Slovenia as a result. Bosnia, in turn, warns that they will respond by sealing their own borders with Serbia and Montenegro, to forestall a situation where migrants travelling through their territory en route to Austria become bottled up.

Prime Minister Orbán encouraged Serbia and neighbouring Macedonia to secure their own borders — some of the first which illegal migrants on the Balkan route cross — to prevent serious disruption, and offered them assistance to do so.

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“It’s worth fighting against a force that is stronger than us – against a force like George Soros and his army,” he declared, after the topic of the billionaire’s activities in the Balkans was broached.

“We’ve played a role in this network being exposed, as we brought it out into the open, and now they have to openly state their goals. They want immigration. The replacement of populations and peoples is underway in Europe, partly because speculators like George Soros can make large financial profits. They are set on the ruination of Europe, because they’re hoping for large profits,” he said.

“That is just what financial speculators are like, and we shouldn’t be surprised at that – but we must not accept it.”

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The Hungarian also insisted that, with movements rooted in populism, civic nationalism, and traditional conservatism now on the rise in countries such as Austria and Italy, the European establishment would soon find that his government is the least of their problems.

“The origin of Europe’s problems today – its political problems – is that what the people want and what they want to do is different from what their leaders want and what they do,” explained the Fidesz leader.

“As regards politics, current developments are to my liking, and they are in our interests. Tough guys have emerged in European politics. Many people think that we’re a little coarser or tougher than is customary in the EU, but now they’ll really learn the meaning of those words,” he predicted.

“They’ll find that compared with the new leaders who have now spoken out – and who say things that surprise even straight-talking Hungarians – we are sociable little gentlefolk. I see this both in Austria and Italy.”

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