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Thursday, May 25, 2017

“Sunset “Merkel era” has already begun”


German media strongly predict Angela Merkel an early retirement. The Chancellor continues to persist in its approach to the refugee problem, despite the fact that she refused to support and other EU leaders, and ordinary voters, and even many members of the same party. The future Chancellor may decide in the coming days – after the EU summit.

On Thursday in Brussels began a two-day meeting of leaders of member countries of the European Union. The main topic of discussion should be the question of the refugees and the German press was previously concerned about the position of Germany. So, Deutsche Welle headlined your stuff “At the EU summit may decide the fate of the German Chancellor”. However, due to the terrorist attack in Ankara, the Turkish Prime Minister cancelled his visit to Brussels, which complicates the negotiations on this issue – because of purely geographical reasons, the position of the Turks remains the key.

“The situation faced by today Merkel, in chess called “zugzwang” – any move leads to a deterioration of the position”

In turn, as transfers bi-Bi-si the British Prime Minister David Cameron went to the summit to seek support for his plan on the special position of his country in the European Union. As previously reported by the newspaper VIEW, “Cameron plan” includes four main points: the protection of the UK market and other countries outside the Euro area, the creation of a more competitive model of the EU, the liberation of London from participating in the process of moving toward “ever closer Union”, as well as blocking for arriving migrants in the EU access to the privileges enjoyed by the locals.

What will be the EU’s reaction to these demands, even now, hard to say. The head of the European Council Donald Tusk wrote to EU leaders a letter in which, in particular, says: “After my consultations in the last hours I have to say honestly, still there is no guarantee that we will reach agreement. Our views differ on some political issues, and I understand that it would be difficult to overcome them. So I urge you to remain constructive.”

Against the special status of new Britain are (relatively) members of the EU in the face of the “Visegrad four” – Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in contrast, believes that the requirements of London are “justified and necessary”. “I agree with David Cameron that the European Union should do more for the development of competitiveness, transparency and the fight against bureaucracy. Germany and the United Kingdom for many years share this approach,” she said, adding that any arrangement with the British authorities should not prevent closer integration of the countries – members of the Eurozone.


Like many refugees moved to Euroupe spite of the absence at the meeting of the Turkish Prime Minister, it is safe to say that the refugee issue will be no less important than the problem of the special status of Britain. And in this matter the position of the German leader also contradict the views of the majority of the members of the European Union.

As noted in the above article about the fate of Merkel “German wave”, never “the position of German Chancellor in the circle of heads of States and governments of EU countries were not so shaky.” Less colleagues Merkel share its approach to tackling the immigration crisis. The rapidly growing number of opponents of the Chancellor and within the country.

The Visegrad group has already decided to overlap the Balkan route, which last year reached Europe more than 600 thousand out of a million plus refugees. This route is as follows – from Turkey to Greece and then through Macedonia and Serbia towards Austria and Germany.

Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann, previously considered a staunch ally of Merkel, has said that his country will tighten control on the borders with Slovenia and Italy to the Brenner pass – one of the main European transport corridors.

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