In the United States just before Christmas, the government partially lame. At midnight (local time) on Saturday morning at 6 o’clock German time – was a budget freeze for parts of the U.S. government.

the so-called Shutdown, because until the expiry of the deadline at midnight is not a new budget, it was decided to act for several Federal ministries. This means that many government agents are sent in to the forced leave or without salary, must work, and that, in part, Offices or other public facilities closed. The background for the escalation of the dispute over the financing of a wall on the border to Mexico.

U.S. President Donald Trump had refused to be a of the budget act of signing, if there is not money for the long-required wall would be provided. He asked for five billion dollars. In the US Congress there was however no majority. The Democrats trump Republicans had negotiated up to the last on a compromise. The talks continue to go well.

Trump also called on the Democrats to participate in a cross-party solution. “The Shutdown will not hopefully take long,” he said in a video message on Twitter. Earlier, the President had threatened, if the Democrats in Congress not einlenkten, will give it a long-lasting standstill.

will be How big is the impact of the “shutdown” depends on how long he lasts. In the past, in the United States recurring to such shutdowns. In Trumps tenure, it is already the third “Shutdown”. At the end of January, there had been a budget freeze of a few days, at the beginning of February, the “Shutdown”mode only lasted a few hours. The longest freeze was about the turn of the year 1995/1996 a period of 21 days.

it is Not the defence, education, health, and the Ministry of labour, because for these areas already in September, a longer-term budget adopted had been affected this time. In the case of a “Shutdown” is also provided generally to ensure that important areas of concern about the security in the country, as usual, continue to run: for example, in the case of the police or the border guard.

According to U.S. media, several hundred thousand officials of the government concerned, which must, for the time being to work without a salary to report or be forced to be on leave of absence. Should take the “Shutdown” longer, you could also get the wider population, the consequences continue to be felt – for example, because applications remain in authorities or public institutions such as museums could close.

Trump made the Democrats for the situation, because you don’t want to meet his demand. In front of one and a half weeks, he had a Meeting with the group leaders of the Democrats in the Senate and in the house of representatives, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, in a battle of words in front of a camera, said still, if it come to a Shutdown, he the on his cap. “I’m not going to make you responsible for it”, he said as to the address of the Top Democrats. No, he was even “proud of the government for border security”. The Democrats make a Trump for the escalation responsible.

The President did not really want to on Friday to Florida for the break, to spend the days around Christmas. Because of the “shutdown” he said of his departure but for the time being.

Trump had promised his followers in the presidential election campaign, a wall on the border to Mexico. For him, perhaps the last opportunity to realize his Central campaign promises is now. As of January, the house of representatives by the Democrats dominated. A majority for the financing of a wall does not appear to be realistic.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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