What’s the difference between a refugee transit zone and a reception center? Don’t know? Neither do most German voters.
German politicians in the ruling right-left Grand Coalition might know better, but that isn’t helping them deal with the refugee crisis.
That’s because the recent three-way spat between the center-right Christian Democratic Union, its Bavarian sister party the Christian Social Union, and their center-left coalition partner, the Social Democratic Party (SPD), isn’t about securing Germany’s borders.
Instead, the coalition has reached an impasse: Politicians now lack the will to bring the country further along, and it’s happening in an acute hour of need.
So what is motivating Germany’s leaders? Certainly not the drive to reach a reasonable consensus solution to a very pressing problem.