I don't watch that much of NTV (the German commercialized news channel)....but they carried a piece today with the former bigwig of the SPD Party.....Peer Steinbruck. He ran against Chancellor Merkel in the last election (2013).
Most would consider him a smart political figure who calls it as he see the situation.
Today, Steinbruck noted in an interview on NTV that when it comes down to the current German immigration policy.....it's a failure.
Between the open borders and the Merkel vision ahead....he notes there's no control and no way of managing the situation. At some point, he cuts loose with the quote: "Coping with the refugee crisis, Germany must set priorities: the right of asylum, those who are politically persecuted and refugees from war zones must be included, but do not have a permanent right to stay."
It's probably the first time from the SPD side of politics that someone made a harsh and blunt statement over the situation. A sign of a shift to SPD politics.....with the three state elections unfolding across Germany? Maybe.
The odd thing would be in three state elections (slated for mid-March).....having both the CDU and SPD conduct a major election theme....against Merkel's strategy. The state-run news media would be thrown into a fit trying to explain this to the public.