Merkel's migrant deal hangs on Social Democrat, EU approval

Merkel's migrant deal hangs on Social Democrat, EU approval

Bavaria's Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann, who has been tipped as a potential successor to Mr. Seehofer, said in a radio interview his party wanted an agreement with the CDU but gave no indication about what a compromise could look like.

Germany's Internior Minister Horst Seehofer (L) and Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) and their long-time Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) allies agreed on Monday to set up special transit zones at the border with Austria where migrants already registered in other EU countries will be held and then sent back to the countries where they had registered first.

Sebastian Kurz, the anti-immigration chancellor of Austria, said that if the German government went ahead with the plan, he would take action to seal off Austria's southern borders with Italy and Slovenia. "The CSU must naturally decide that for itself". The leadership of Merkel's party on Sunday night approved a resolution stating that "turning people back unilaterally would be the wrong signal to our European partners". Seehofer did not comment on that during his brief statement to journalists after his party's meeting.

Jens Spahn, an arch critic of Merkel's migrant policy, may be unpalatable to many in the CDU, especially after making some controversial comments on poverty and being photographed with the new, outspoken US ambassador, a defender of US President Donald Trump.

Seehofer, whose party faces a state election in the fall with a strong challenge from the far-right Alternative for Germany party, has threatened to turn away at the borders migrants whose asylum requests Germany already rejected or who already sought asylum elsewhere in Europe.

But CSU parliamentary group chief Alexander Dobrindt "does not want to accept Seehofer's resignation", participants in the hours-long huddle said.

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The Austrian chancellery confirmed that Seehofer would meet Kurz and his counterpart Herbert Kickl on Thursday. This could see to her trying to lead a minority government, or possibly new elections.

Supporters of German AfD wave flags in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, May 27, 2018.

At the national level, Merkel also proposed that migrants arriving in Germany who first registered in another European Union country should be placed in special "admissions centers" under restrictive conditions, according to a document she sent to the CSU and the Socialists.

At the national level, Merkel proposes that migrants arriving in Germany who first registered in another European Union country should be placed in special "admission centres" under restrictive conditions, according to a document she sent to the CSU and SPD.

The row underlined the deep divisions that remain within Europe on how to deal with the migrants who have arrived in the last three years.

He also explains how the Chancellor of Germany's options regarding immigration are narrowing. She said 14 other nations had given verbal assent to work toward similar deals.

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