Here in Britain, the two main parties are being punished by voters for tearing up their Brexit commitments.
Posts Tagged: German CSU
Garvan Walshe: Merkel stood firm against her party’s worst instincts on immigration. And paid the price.
What would the lesser men who would bring her down have done: put migrants on sealed trains in their tens of thousands and send them – where, exactly?
The German Chancellor was stronger then than she is now. And there’s no guarantee that any compromise she might push would work.
Merkel is threatened. Macron is outraged. Brussels is paralysed. And all three trends are taken by their opponents as signs that they are winning.
Damaged by last year’s election. Playing for time. Grappling with revolts – and resignation threats. We refer, of course, to Merkel.
The German Chancellor faces a rebellion from her Bavarian allies on the question of immigration – and is pleading for more time before the EU summit.
There is danger now in Germany of a weak, centrist government – with extremists flourishing on both sides
Merkel has appalled her own followers by making sweeping concessions to the Social Democrats.
If both of the main parties remain locked together in an unpopular pact, it creates more space in which new challengers can grow.
The German consensus which placed no significant party to the right of the CDU, thus bolstering it as a governing force, is breaking down.
Alok Sharma MP and Stephan Mayer MdB: Britain and Germany can work together to deliver free movement reform
There have been some recent positive signs from the ECJ that EU states are within their rights already to curb blatant benefit abuse by migrants.