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Germany’s moment of truth

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Germany’s moment of truth has arrived. After over a million migrants sneaked into the country in the last quarter of 2015, the political discourse of Europe’s powerhouse on migrants has begun to transform. Today, the country is less tolerant when it comes to dealing with non-locals, and there is increasing demand for Germany’s borders to be shut.

The tug of war between the moderate German Chancellor Angela Merkel representing Center of Right Christian Democratic Party (CDU) and her Interior Minister Horst Seehoder belonging to Bavaria based ultra-conservative Christian Social Union (CSU) is pushing her coalition government to the brink of collapse. Seehoder, while openly disagreeing with Merkel’s relatively tolerant migrant policy wants Germany’s border with Austria closed to stop the influx of migrants to the German state of Bavaria. Social Democratic Party (SDP) a senior coalition partner of CDU is totally against pursuing a hard line policy on migrants, believing this could undermine human rights and freedom of movement of people guaranteed under the European Union (EU). If CSU pulls out of CDU and SDP coalition, the outcome will be government collapse and the holding of fresh elections which may result in more electoral gains for the ultra-right Alternative for Germany (AID).

How will Angela Merkel deal with this grave crisis which has engulfed her coalition government? Can Germany prevent the influx of migrants without shuttering it’s borders? What will be the impact of the political crisis between Merkel and her Interior Minister on the stability of Europe?

Germany is Europe’s strongest and the world’s fourth largest economy. It has a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 3.4 trillion dollars; per capita income of 41,000........

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