One of Germany’s most senior statesmen has ended years of political silence to warn the German chancellor that she must get a grip on the immigration crisis—and do it soon.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has until the end of March to change her mind about the nation’s approach to refugees or her position as chancellor could be under threat, according to one of Germany’s senior statesmen. “Angela Merkel must now change her position; otherwise there will be disastrous consequences for Germany and Europe,” he said.
Former Bavarian Prime Minister Edmund Stoiber was once a contender for the chancellorship and is still a powerful force in Ms. Merkel’s sister party, the Christian Social Union (csu). Since he retired from front-line politics in 2007, he has generally refrained from commenting on political issues, but now he’s eager to talk to the press.
In an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Stoiber launched a wide-ranging criticism of the way Germany has handled the refugee crisis. The magazine titled its article on the interview “The Puppet Master Enters the Stage.”
“Stoiber continues to play a strong role in the csu,” it reported. “Especially in the dispute over the refugee policy; Stoiber has pulled the strings from the very beginning” (Trumpet translation throughout).
Stoiber warned that if Ms. Merkel “does not change her mind, the voters will give their answer in the state elections in the spring.”
“And after these elections the world in Germany will look different,” he said.
Commenting on those statements, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote, “Edmund Stoiber’s criticisms are of special interest because of this man’s fascinating history.” Stoiber was a political disciple of Franz Josef Strauss and mentor to Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg. Strauss envisioned a strong Germany within a federal Europe, and his political successor continues working for this same end.
For more on the significance of these individuals and what they mean for German politics, as well as the future of Ms. Merkel’s career, read Mr. Flurry’s article from the November- December 2015 issue of the Trumpet magazine “Has Germany’s Strongman Finally Arrived?” ▪
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