The Latest on the Tensions in Germany’s Coalition Government
German Chancellor Angela Merkel reached a deal Monday on migration with her Interior Minister, Horst Seehofer, defusing a bitter row that had threatened her government.
Both sides hammered out “a truly good compromise … after a tough struggle and difficult days,” Ms. Merkel said, adding that it involved setting up holding and processing centres for asylum seekers near German borders.
“We have reached an agreement after very intense negotiations,” Minister Seehofer agreed, stressing that he intended to stay on in his cabinet post after earlier threatening to quit and gloating that “it’s worth fighting for your convictions”.
Germany’s Interior Minister lashed out at Chancellor Angela Merkel in an interview ahead of a crisis meeting in a dispute over migration policy.
Interior Minister Horst Seehofer traveled to Berlin Monday after offering to resign during a meeting of his Christian Social Union party Sunday night. He and other CSU leaders planned to meet the leadership of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, the 2 parties are allies.
Ms. Merkel and Seehofer have been at odds over the latter’s plan to turn back some migrants at Germany’s borders. Ms. Merkel rejects the idea, insisting on a Europe-wide solution.
Mr. Seehofer was quoted as telling the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper Monday that he was in an “inconceivable” situation. He says “I won’t let myself be fired by a Chancellor who is only Chancellor because of me.”
Chancellor Angela Merkel and her rebellious Bavarian allies are searching Monday for a way to end a standoff over migration after Germany’s interior minister offered to resign, but a compromise looked elusive in the dispute that has rocked the government.
The crisis that has raised questions over the future of Ms. Merkel’s 3.5 month-old administration pits Interior Minister Horst Seehofer and his Bavaria-only Christian Social Union against her the head of its longtime sister party, the Christian Democratic Union.
Ahead of a difficult Bavarian state election in October, the CSU is determined to show it is tough on migration.
Mr. Seehofer wants to turn asylum-seekers who have already been registered in another European Union country back at Germany’s border, but Ms. Merkel is adamant that Germany should not take unilateral action.
The pair: Seehofer and Merkel have long had a difficult relationship at odds over over migrant policy since Y 2015.
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