The massive influx of more than a million refugees is costing the country billions and local government leaders are demanding at least €8bn from Berlin to help pay for the training courses, nursery spaces and health and social care provision which form part of Angela Merkel’s integration policy.
But Finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble, dubbed the Mad Executioner of Europe because of his hardline stance during the Greek economic crisis and a secret plan to give Berlin control over EU budgets, has rejected the cash claims.
Mr Schauble has already turned down local government appeals for fixed-rate payments for integration costs said the states would have to provide accurate figures on expenditure on migrant policies before he would discuss financial concessions.
Furious politicians are now accusing Angela Merkel’s government of hypocrisy and failing to face up to its responsibilities.
Bavarian prime minister Horst Seehofer said: “The government had spoken of a union of responsibility a year ago when the refugees started coming to the country.
“It is now copping out of the responsibility if it doesn’t even contribute 20 per cent of the costs for something it has caused.
“Wolfgang Schäuble has prompted the European Union to act fast and efficiently. The German government should follow this example.”
Mr Seehofer is calling for an annual fixed-rate over three years with €1.5bn this year, €2.5bn next year and €4bn in 2018.
“The government has a vast tax income and big interest savings,” he said.
“We don’t want to jeopardise government’s finances but €8bn would not blow up the budget.
The government as agreed to pay €1bn towards the cost of housing and the support of unaccompanied teenagers.
German media has been awash with criticism of Ms Merkel’s immigration policy, after she allegedly sparked Europe’s 2015 migration crisis by announcing that refugees fleeing from war-torn Syria would be welcome in Germany.
By opening Germany’s borders to refugees, critics have long blamed Ms Merkel for encouraging the flow of both refugees and economic migrants into Europe.