Considering Germany Without Merkel

Nov 12, 2015 | 22:32 GMT

A lack of coordination among German officials is chipping away at the popular perception of the Berlin government as a well-oiled machine. In the latest example of internal discord, a government spokesperson said Thursday that Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere had decided to reintroduce EU regulations on asylum seekers without first informing the country's chancellor or refugee coordinator. On the surface, this behavior might seem erratic or even indicate a competition for power among German ministries taking place beneath the surface, but in reality it hints at a much deeper problem -- one that could seriously undermine Chancellor Angela Merkel's government and have wide-ranging repercussions for the rest of Europe....

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