Both fractions of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Leipzig and Saxony-Anhalt have already voted against the UN migration pact set to be ratified in December.
After Merkel announced plans to step down as the party leader Health Minister Spahn a candidate for her seat as the chair of the CDU joined them calling for a vote at a party convention.
Many like the Alternative for Germany (AfD) have criticised the proposal seeks to mix asylum law and migration further with no upside for signees. Schimpf a CDU politician in Leipzig mentioned:
“I am aware that the Federal Eagle won’t be scared by a kitty meowing in Leipzig but it is a good sign for the Federal Government, federal party and the parliamentary group to see what the base is thinking.”
Spahn excluded the possibility of a coalition against the pact with the AfD, whom he went on to call anti-Semitic, racist and supported by Russian autocrats.
Merkel remains convinced by the pact and wants to sign it having just recently defended it while making insinuations towards the AfD for spreading “lies” about it.
The rejection by parts of her own party however is unlikely to change Merkel’s plan as her speaker Seibert just issued another statement.
In it he clarifies, the Federal government stands behind the pact and the government is convinced that such a global challenge like migration can only be solved in a global multilateral way.
The US, Austria, Hungary, Australia, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Estonia, Poland and Israel already made clear to have no desire of signing the pact.
It remains a mystery how the AfD has supposedly convinced all of those nations not to sign the pact.
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