With just 2 days until the election, a leaked German government report has questioned the legality of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to throw open the country’s borders and invite millions of migrants into Europe two years ago. Chancellor Merkel had suspended the immigration controls for migrants and opened the borders in September 2015 -- without consulting the German parliament, let alone the people.
The internal report was compiled by legal experts of the Academic Office of the German parliament, or the Bundestag. “The report is explosive,” noted the German newspaper Die Welt. “As (the center-right) FDP and (the right-wing) AfD have announced their plans to set up an inquiry into Merkel’s Refugee Policy once they enter the parliament.”
The leaking of a highly controversial report just ahead of the Sunday’s election raises question if top government officials or even members of Merkel’s own Christian Democratic Party (CDU) were trying to hurt her re-election bid or help the anti-mass immigration Alternative of Germany’s (AfD) electoral prospects.
The British newspaper Daily Express covered the latest revelations, saying, “A leaked internal German government report appears to condemn Chancellor Angel Merkel for opening the country's borders to refugees without first gaining parliamentary approval.”:
The admonishment comes two days before she seeks a fourth term in power in Sunday's general election - with 20 percent of voters still undecided who they will support.
The report by the Bundestag Scientific Office - a team of non party political legal experts - stated it is the role of the Bundestag to decide on all "matters of essential relevance to the state".
Experts said the opaque diplomatic language used in it signals parliament should have had the final say on the matter "as the decision led to a change in the proportion of non-Germans to Germans in the country".
The revelations come as Chancellor Merkel’s CDU slipped further in the polls, holding onto merely 34 percent of total votes. The newcomer AfD’s support grew by 12 percent.
But there could be more to these last-minute poll numbers. More than a third of the German electorate is still telling the pollsters that they were “undecided,” a very high number if you consider the stakes involved in Sunday’s vote.
As I wrote in today’s pre-election analysis published by the Gatestone Institute: “After the Brexit-upset and President Trump's surprise victory, one cannot entirely rule out a hidden AfD vote. If the AfD manages to rope in enough of these undecided voters, pollsters could be in for a September Surprise in this year's critically important election."