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In 2011, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was forced from office by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and replaced by Mario Monti, an able technocrat who looked like he had been designed in a laboratory by the European Commission and Goldman Sachs.An extraordinary populist coalition comprising Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Italian Minister of the Interior Matteo Salvini, and German Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer is threatening to oust Merkel over her migration policies.As Germany's interior minister, Seehofer wants to start turning away asylum-seekers already registered in other member states. This has pitted him against Merkel, who would prefer to forge an EU-level agreement to fix Europe's asylum system.Earlier this month, just as Merkel and Seehofer's dispute was heating up, Kurz made an appearance in Berlin, where he called for Austria, Hungary, Italy, and Germany – or, at least, Germany's Interior Ministry – to form an "axis of the willing" on migration. Kurz also tried to undercut Merkel in early 2016, when he was serving as Austria's foreign minister. Merkel was able to fend off this earlier attempt at domestic interference. Seehofer, Kurz, Salvini, Orban and Trump would all do well not to underestimate her.
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