The SPD caught up by the crisis of the Merkel government

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Bundestag in Berlin, 3 July 2018. - Photo credits: Markus Schreiber / AP

After finding in the last minute on the night of Monday to Tuesday a compromise within her camp on migration policy, Angela Merkel sent the ball back to her other coalition partner, the SPD.

The mistigri passes from one hand to another. After finding in extremis in the night of Monday to Tuesday a compromise within his camp on migration policyAngela Merkel returned the ball to her other coalition partner, the SPD. To be carried by the government, the agreement had to be validated by the Social Democratic Party, which will have to overcome its reluctance. A coalition meeting was scheduled for Tuesday night to bring together the leaders of the CDU, CSU and SPD. The respiteAngela Merkel in the government crisis was perhaps only short-lived if the Social Democrats decided to oppose the Conservatives.

"Many issues need to be discussed," SPD President Andrea Nahles said Monday evening, commenting on the agreement reached between the CDU and the rebels of the CSU. It provides for the establishment at the German border of "transit centers" and, where appropriate, the return of asylum seekers to the Member States where they are registered.

But this idea, then called "transit zones", has already been categorically rejected by the Social Democrats in 2015! They refused to "open prisons" in Germany. For many SPD managers, it is hardly possible to validate three years later such an option. For the leader of the Young Socialists, Kevin Kühnert, who led a virulent campaign in the spring against the renewal of the grand coalition, the project of the CDU-CSU is incompatible with the ideas of the SPD. This is "a provocation," also said former Secretary of State for Integration Aydan Özoguz. "We do not want closed centers," warned SPD Secretary General Lars Klingbeil more cautiously.

At a parliamentary group meeting on Tuesday morning, the SPD leaders sought to calm people's minds. Conditions have changed compared to 2015, said former SPD President Sigmar Gabriel. At that time, between 3,000 and 5,000 migrants arrived daily in Germany. "We said then that we did not want to fill a people's stadium every day and keep them there. The orders of magnitude are totally different today, "he explained. To save time before rendering their judgment, SPD leaders demanded clarification from CSF Interior Minister Horst Seehofer on Tuesday. A second meeting of the parliamentary group is scheduled for Wednesday morning on the subject.

If the SPD decided to block the Bavarian plan, the political crisis could rebound in Berlin. But the risk seems too great for the Social Democratic Party. At the bottom of the polls, the SPD would have everything to lose in early elections. In the meantime, the Social Democrats were not backing off the offensive of the Bavarian Conservatives and the divisions of the CDU-CSU, which put the government in danger. "They are completely bartenders," said former Chancellor Martin Schulz on Tuesday. At the SPD, we are convinced that other crises are coming.

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Nicolas Barotte


Correspondent of the Figaro in Berlin

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