CDU and CSU increase refugee pressure on Merkel and SPD | Germany | DW.COM | 30.11.2015

Deutsch: Dr. Angela Merkel Bundeskanzlerin der...

Deutsch: Dr. Angela Merkel Bundeskanzlerin der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Vorsitzende der CDU Deutschlands (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Source: CDU and CSU increase refugee pressure on Merkel and SPD | Germany | DW.COM | 30.11.2015

Reflecting on this article, I had two observations.

Firstly, Germany’s political parties are all concerned about the arrival of refugees but there positions all differ in the detail as to policy response.

Secondly, the article cited that the conservatives produced their “Berlin Declaration” on refugee policy and terrorism. For me it was significant that refugee policy is firmly linked to terrorism.

Germany is, of course, a becon of modern democracy. But one has to wonder whether the German people have yet fully focused on Angela Merkel as the architect of bringing increasing numbers of refugees to Germany? Too often the German people seem to have assumed that ‘Angela knows best’. I wonder if Germany’s politics will change because of refugee policy and terrorism?

Thoughts?

Germany to spend up to 16 billion euros on refugees next year | ReutersEU

According to this breaking Reuters story, Germany’s federal states and municipalities could face costs of up to 16 billion euros (11.47 billion pound) next year to deal with the refugee crisis.

Source: Germany to spend up to 16 billion euros on refugees next year | Reuters

In my experience, in this type of situation, I would expect early estimates to be exceeded by a massive margin.

Whilst the German Federal Government has earmarked some EUR 5 billion in contingency funds, this is a fraction of the headline requirement.

With Germany slow to reflate her economy, it’s possible that German taxes will now need to increase taxes to pay for the cost of the refugees – I fear that this might quickly turn Germany’s voters against Angela Merkel but would expect the German Nationalist Party to turn this story to their advantage.

 Thoughts?