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    A supporter of the anti-immigration right-wing movement PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West) holds up a sticker for a photo during a demonstration rally in Cologne, Germany January 9, 2016. The sticker reads, Merkel must go!.

    Merkel's Migrant Weakness Could Prove Fatal for Political Reign

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    Chancellor Angela Merkel's reluctance to agree on migrant quotas may soon compel her party to ask her to resign, according to the German newspaper Saarbrucker Zeitung.

    In rejecting German politicians’ migrant quota-related proposals, Chancellor Angela Merkel has failed to realize that her unwavering ideological support for refugees may eventually compel others to make her tender her resignation, the German newspaper Saarbrucken Zeitung reported.

    The newspaper recalled that Merkel recently rejected Bavarian Prime Minister Horst Seehofer's offer to introduce quotas on the number of migrants entering Germany.

    Speaking at a closed meeting of Germany's ruling Christian Social Union party, Seehofer, who also serves as the party's leader, said that he, like all the German MPs, wants to solve the migration problem with Merkel as Chancellor of Germany, but that the issue should be resolved as soon as possible.

    Migrants are escorted by German police to a registration centre, after crossing the Austrian-German border in Wegscheid near Passau, Germany, November 1, 2015
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    Migrants are escorted by German police to a registration centre, after crossing the Austrian-German border in Wegscheid near Passau, Germany, November 1, 2015

    "If Merkel fails to quickly take control of the situation, someone else will possibly try to do so without her participation," Saarbrucken Zeitung said.

    Seehofer has repeatedly called for limiting the influx of refugees to 200,000 per year, explaining that only that many people can be successfully integrated in the country.

    Representatives of the Christian Social Union party and the Christian Democratic Union have also urged Merkel to establish refugee quotas in order to resolve the migration crisis.  However, Merkel has repeatedly rejected the idea, the approval of which would mean the closure of her country's borders for new migrants.

    According to the latest estimates by the EU border agency Frontex, around 1.2 million migrants arrived in EU countries in the first ten months of 2015. The European Commission said in turn that the current global migration crisis represents the worst such deadlock since the Second World War.


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    • It will be for the best for germany when she will resign.
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      I do not understand how someone be so blind? People of Germany - she is incompetent to lead. Europe will be flooded with unnecessary burden which will cause not only a huge rift between European nations but will destroy the economy.

      Mark my words - Europe will be split in three regions - West - East and South.
    • Mother Gorilla
      The fact that the latest attack in France was committed by a refugee from Germany who lived here with four different IDs no less, also does not work in her favour. While the attacks in Cologne still may have been committed by ordinary criminals and point to Germans pulling the strings, this one was clearly perpetrated by someone identifying with IS and in hard-suffering France! Merkel's Germany is exporting terrorism, what bad publicity!
    • Blackie
      It is easier to fool people than to CONVINCE them that they have been fooled.
    • Blackie
      She is only down one percentage point in popularity .
    • Blackie in reply toMother Gorilla(Show commentHide comment)
      Miss Germany,
      They were behind the Yugoslav War also .
    • Mother Gorillain reply toBlackie (Show commentHide comment)
      Africa, yeah, there were certainly a lot of NATO bombings, also a lot of refugees by the way, which were also a hot issue back then in Germany and other West European countries, some refugees and their hosts tell me. However, by now, they have all found their way.
    • Mother Gorillain reply toBlackie (Show commentHide comment)
      Africa, yes, but that is after she already lost at least 3% last fall.
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