As Committee V opened, Angela Merkel’s Cabinet erupted into chaos. Though they function as one of the most quickly-paced councils in the entire conference, the room was absolutely silent. Members received a press notice that revealed the nation’s lack of funds based on negotiations made around the refugee crisis. Delegates were forced to cut two of three pre-developed initiatives in order to preserve their economic status. It quickly became evident that this decision would not be an easy one.
In the early morning, the Merkel Cabinet was in a combined state of crisis with the Greek Ministerial Council. Ten boats, each serving 400 refugees, were traveling from the Turkish coast towards the Greek islands. As one of the wealthiest and most responsive nations in the European Union, Germany was called in to provide aid to their ally. By 4 am, the countries agreed to each take half of the incoming refugees while 70% of integration efforts would be funded by Germany; the rest would be funded by the Greeks.
As Committee V began, however, this deal abruptly came into question.
German delegates were forced to choose between the German-Greek Refugee deal, eco-farms and other domestic refugee integration programs, or the €120 billion bailout of Spain to fund. The nation’s credit rating had been declassified to A-1, and though this was not as detrimental as the ratings of countries like Greece and Spain, this was in large due to the huge impact of Germany’s humanitarian aid. Peter Altmaier who serves as the Chief of Staff of the German Ministry and as the Federal Minister for Special Affairs fought to preserve domestic programs to integrate the influx of refugees. He argued that Greece’s refugee deal could be solved by NGOs and that the investment in reform would instead be best for the German people.
In the Greek Ministerial Council, delegates worked to pass a directive titled Police Escort, an effort that was largely cited as being based on Germany’s aid. Council members argued that there was a greater need for law enforcement in refugee camps in order to separate the disputes between the various ethnic and cultural groups. While some argued that these forces could be intimidating, most agreed that in order to eradicate the violence in refugee settlements, they had to ensure this measure. The directive was passed almost unanimously. Little did the Greeks know that this very funding was threatened.
In an unexpected turn, however, the Germans agreed to fund their deal with the Greeks. “We wrote a directive aimed at keeping our agreement with Greece, though I personally believe that we should’ve focused on the domestic refugee issues.” Manuela Schwesig, the Federal Minister of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, commented. She continued to explain that many cabinet members came to the consensus that domestic issues could be focused on at any time and the relief must be provided immediately. Though this threatened the state of their economy, their integrity, and their relationship with the people, it was done. Greece was saved.
Nonetheless, the crisis did not end there. Shortly after the directive’s pass, Czech President Miloš Zeman stormed into the room with his team of staff. After stirring up quite a scene with fiery screams, table slamming, and translation mishaps, it was revealed that refugees were being pent up in inhuman conditions around the republic, and many were fleeing to Germany in fear. No other E.U. countries were forthcoming, and the Czechs were now looking for German aid.
With five minutes to solve the crisis, the German Cabinet quickly went to work. Some immediately offered room for the displaced. Others argued that the country could not afford to take in any more refugees, particularly in their economic state. Instead these members maintained that surrounding countries should take the population in exchange for their own relief.
Within three minutes, the directive Czech Out was drafted. This motion called for anti-terror units on the borders, protective measures, the classification of crimes against refugees as hate crimes, and negotiations with other E.U. nations for relief of financial obligations in exchange for the acceptance of refugees. The mandate was passed unanimously.
The question for Germany now is where their aid ends. In this session alone, the entire economy of their nation was threatened. If the Cabinet continues to fund their allies and all refugee expenses, they will only continue on this path. It leaves many wondering who would be next to call in the case of Germany’s demise.