CDU/CSU in danger of split due to Germany's approach on migration

  • Mihai Turcanu
  • 15.6.2018 12:28

On 14 June, sources from the conservative Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU)  have confirmed for the Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper that there currently is a possibility for it to break its historical alliance with its sister-party - the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) with which it forms a single parliamentary bloc, currently governing Germany in coalition with the Social-Democrats. The reason for this rift is the approach to the sensitive issue of migration.

The differences of opinions on migration between the CDU leader and long-standing Chancellor Angela Merkel, and the leader of the CSU, and presently Minister of Interior - Horst Seehofer, can be traced for a long period of time, as, in addition to questioning the compatibility between Islam and the German society, the Bavarian politician has nurtured a close personal relationship with the anti-immigrant Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orban, and expressed support of the leader of the far-right Lega Nord,  and for the V4's stance on the issue. But the present unprecedented split was triggered by a so-called "Masterplan for Migration" drafted by Seehofer, which he intended to present to the Bavarian voters ahead of the October elections present as a tougher approach on the issue, so as to stop the outflow of conservative voters to the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD). The document was not published, precisely because Merkel has opposed the part of it which would empower German authorities to reject migrants who reach its frontiers, after being previously registered in southern EU states. Such a move would reverse Germany's decision of 24 August 2015, by which it voluntarily accepted to receive asylum applications for which it was otherwise not responsible under the Dublin III Regulation. This voluntary suspension of the Dublin regulation resulted in 1.6 million migrants entering Germany, and while the applications are now at the lowest rate since 2015, a European-wide, burden-sharing solution, has proven to be elusive due to opposition from Central and Eastern Europeans unwilling to take any migrants at all.

Merkel's 2015 handling of the migration crisis, although intended to provide a humane response to this unprecedented challenge, was subsequently blamed for the rise of the far-right in Germany and elsewhere, as extremists have been quick to capitalize on the fears and dissatisfactions of the native European population which became more and more pronounced as the difficulties accompanying the process of helping the people became increasingly apparent, while the EU's political establishment's inability to find a pan-European solution became obvious. Three years later, the elections in Poland, Hungary, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, the US, as well as the Brexit, have left Merkel more and more isolated internationally in her approach on migration, while the German internal political developments prove that this isolation is starting to manifest itself in relation with her traditional political partners at home.

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