Published: Ср, Июля 04, 2018
Business | By Kate Woods

German Interior Minister threatens to quit over migrant policy

German Interior Minister threatens to quit over migrant policy

Merkel and the Christian Democrats adamantly opposed that approach, arguing it was imperative to involve other European Union nations in devising an effective new migration policy.

"We can achieve a lot in a government, but not outside", Soeder said.

That decision convulsed European politics, fueling the rise of anti-immigration parties including the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which now threatens to unseat the CSU in October's regional elections. Merkel, who has long favored open borders between European countries, agreed to allow "transit centers" along the Austrian border for the goal of screening asylum seekers.

If the CSU were to pull out of their alliance, Mrs. Merkel's party and her partners in the governing coalition, the center-left Social Democrats, wouldn't have enough votes to pass legislation, putting her government at risk.

Seehofer, a long-time Merkel critic, had openly challenged her with a plan to order border police to unilaterally shutter German border crossings with Austria to many asylum seekers, effectively daring the chancellor to fire him. Seehofer wants to turn back at the border asylum-seekers who have already registered in another European Union country but Merkel is adamant that Germany shouldn't take unilateral actions that affect other EU nations.

"The CSU's risky ego trip is paralyzing Germany and Europe", SPD chairwoman Andrea Nahles told journalists in Berlin.

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Despite the drama over Mr. Seehofer's resignation threat on Sunday, several political analysts said the most likely outcome was for both parties to walk back and find a last-minute compromise. In shoring up her job and the government for now, she may have created a ripple effect that will spread out to the rest of the European Union soon. "A majority of Germans back the chancellor". On Sunday, Ms. Merkel's party passed a resolution backing her stance.

The public approval has been largely in favor of Merkel's policies since 2015 but the support started to wane as the country began experiencing problems absorbing the new residents, the Times reported.

Justice Minister Katarina Barley, a fellow Social Democrat, also struck a critical tone. "I have the impression that he is interested in a sensible solution", Seehofer said before a party meeting. Merkel and Seehofer met on Monday in the office of Bundestag president Wolfgang Schäuble, with Schäuble mediating in the dispute and came to a compromise for the management of migrants coming to Germany and Seehofer said he would stay in his ministerial post.

Last weekend's marathon Brussels talks in search of a "European solution" and the meetings between Merkel and Seehofer that followed have cast considerable doubt over that trifecta. Merkel's other coalition, the Social Democratic Party, has yet to agree to the deal.

Merkel and Seehofer met Saturday night for two hours.

"The cost of getting to this deal ended up being much higher than the benefit of the actual outcome", she said.

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