Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

Merkel does turnaround on migrants in deal to save her German government

German coalition teeters as minister offers to resign over migrants Merkel on the brink as interior minister signals intention to resign
Faye Gross | 04 July, 2018, 17:01

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

Although Ms. Merkel lives to govern another day, her coalition government is now more fragile than ever and her own position considerably weaker.

Merkel has supported free movement across Europe but has been facing pressure to limit that movement.

After facing push-back over her long-held open-door policies that have allowed hundreds of thousands of immigrants into her country, German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave in on Monday.

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Sources said Seehofer rejected Merkel's assessment that the EU-wide measures would "have the same effect" as his demand to turn away at the border asylum-seekers already registered in other European Union nations. "We want a humanitarian, but also realistic, migration policy", she told a news conference. At the same time she underlined the necessity of protecting Europe's outer borders more effectively as well as sealing partnerships with African countries to tackle illegal migration and lessen the incentives for economic migration.

Her coalition partners have opted not to sink the government for now.

Merkel had last week proposed a host of commitments on refugee policy from the European Union members.

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Merkel says a plan to regulate immigration that European Union leaders approved Friday and bilateral agreements in principle that she hashed out with some countries for them to take back migrants would accomplish what Seehofer seeks.

"For the Christian Social Union (CSU) it is of utmost importance not to lose its credibility.The promise has been that Seehofer would stop immigration of those who are not entitled to go through the asylum procedure in Germany".

Ahead of a hard Bavarian state election in October, the CSU is determined to show it is tough on migration.

The lack of clarity from the Bavarian camp raises questions about the future of Merkel's governing coalition between the CDU-CSU alliance and the center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD).

But SPD leader Andrea Nahles warned that "my patience has worn thin".

Elsewhere on Tuesday, shares in Glencore were down a hefty 13 percent at 304 pence after the company said it was being investigated by U.S. authorities over its business in Nigeria, Venezuela and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Some Social Democrats accuse the CSU of wanting to appear tough on immigration before a regional election in Bavaria in October where the conservatives are expected to lose voters to the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany party.

Then reports emerged from the CSU that Mr Seehofer had offered to step down both as party leader and interior minister. He accused the CSU of a ruthless attitude towards refugees, insisting that the "C" in CDU and CSU no longer stood for "Christian" but for "chaos".

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