Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Business | By Kate Woods

German minister hints at compromise

German minister hints at compromise

Germany's interior minister vowed on Monday (June 18) to begin turning back migrants at the border by July if Angela Merkel fails to find solutions with European partners, but the chancellor rejected the threat.

He wants to turn away at the border new arrivals who have previously been registered in another European Union country - often their first port of call, Italy or Greece.

On Sunday afternoon Merkel met with senior members of her party at the CDU headquarters to discuss the row.

"We don't want what is happening with immigration in Europe to happen with us!".

While several high-profile crimes by migrants have fueled public anger in Germany, which has admitted more than one million asylum seekers since 2015, the country's crime rate is at its lowest since 1992, according to official figures released last month. The interior minister, Horst Seehofer, until recently leader of the CSU, wants tighter controls at the German border.

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Later in the day, she will host the new Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, who is heading a government with an anti-immigration agenda.

"She believes such a unilateral act goes against European principles and intends to seek an EU-wide solution", adds the BBC. She said the statistics "speak for themselves".

He said, if Merkel's negotiations on getting other countries to take back migrants don't bear fruit, he will talk with her party but "I want be able to put this into effect".

Central and eastern European Union nations such as Hungary and Poland have either refused outright or resisted taking in refugees under an European Union quota system.

In fact, he threatened to order the federal police to implement this rule - which is consistent with German asylum law - without asking the chancellor, unless she endorsed his position by Monday.

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In an unprecedented challenge to her 13 years as Germany's chancellor, a resolution by her interior minister, Horst Seehofer, is set to be passed on Monday, party aides told German newspaper Bild Zeitung.

Seehofer has been calling for Germany to turn back at its border migrants previously registered as asylum-seekers in other European countries.

The executive of Bavarian CSU and CDU held morning of this Monday for emergency meetings in Munich and Berlin respectively.

European stocks, and particularly the German market, have been hit once again over recent days by the possibility of political turmoil in Germany caused by disagreements within the ruling coalition over the country's migrant policy.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron address the media during a joint press conference at Schloss Meseberg governmental palace during German-French government consultations on June 19, 2018 near Gransee, Germany.

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French President Emmanuel Macron heads to Germany on Tuesday seeking progress with Chancellor Angela Merkel on elusive eurozone reforms, but the deepening European Union rifts over migration threaten to dominate an already daunting agenda. But Seehofer's party faces a crucial election in October, and it is determined to toughen its stance on migration, faced with the growing popularity of the anti-immigrant, populist party Alternative for Germany.

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