These are uncomfortable times for Angela Merkel. On the big issues of the day — eurozone reform and migration — there is little room left for Germany’s chancellor to procrastinate, and all of her options are politically risky. Merkel’s coalition partners from Bavaria’s Christian Social Union (CSU) are challenging her on migration, threatening to block asylum-seekers at Germany’s borders. If she is to survive this political challenge, she will need help from European allies, few of whom are offering much succour ahead of the EU summit later this month. Germany has little choice but to help Italy tackle mass migration from outside the EU. The country has absorbed the most refugee arrivals since the refugee crisis in 2015, so Merkel has agreed with the new Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, on the need to beef up Frontex — Europe’s external border police — and strengthen the EU’s capacity to process asylum applications in countries where refugees first land. Her insistence on the n...

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