Migration main obstacle for Jamaica coalition

  • Martin Macq
  • 17.11.2017 08:33

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU/CSU) led exploratory talks on 15 November on forming a new coalition government with the Free Democratic Party (FDP), migration currently remaining the biggest sticking point. 

The Union parties, the FDP, and the Greens debated the law that temporarily prevents tens of thousands of Syrian refugees to bring their close families to Germany. The parties can not agree on the number of foreigners, who qualify to join relatives with granted asylum in the country. The Greens do not agree with the three other parties to cap the number of migrants Germany will accept for humanitarian reasons at 200 000. This could lead to a failure of Merkel’s desired coalition and force her to turn to the far-right populist Alternative for Germany (AfD). The AfD could take a similar stance to Austria's Freedom Party (FPÖ), which wants to join the anti-immigration policy of the V4 countries. Yet, such coalition talks with the AfD are unlikely and would generate criticism from the EU that is concerned about AfD's gains in the September elections. Other issues that divide the so-called Jamaican coalition are finances and climate change. 




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