Merkel Hopes New EU Migrant Plan Will Quell Internal Dissent

Merkel Hopes New EU Migrant Plan Will Quell Internal Dissent

Last week he threatened to turn asylum seekers away from Germany's borders unless Mrs Merkel reached an acceptable deal with other European Union partners. "After that, then we will see".

Merkel also secured agreement from Greece and Spain to take back from Germany migrants who previously registered in those countries.

Angela Merkel, German chancellor and chairwomen of the German Christian Democratic party (CDU), sits in her vehicle as she leaves after the recording of a TV interview in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, July 1, 2018.

As he entered a CDU crisis meeting Monday, party deputy leader Armin Laschet insisted that the sister parties "want to hold onto" their alliance.

The pair met on Saturday night for two hours.

Following nine-hour marathon talks at a two-day European Union summit, Mrs Merkel thought she had secured a deal and tried to put a positive spin on the result saying it was a good signal that leaders had been able to agree a common text on the controversial migration issue.

The confrontation is over Merkel's refusal of one item in Interior Minister Horst Seehofer's 63-point so-called "masterplan" for asylum and deportations.

Merkel is opposed to Seehofer's plan, which she said would cause a domino effect in Europe.


The agreements struck by Merkel could placate the hardline rebels in her government.

"We clearly decided we don't want to jeopardise, with unilateral border rejections, what we've achieved in Europe", Elmar Brok, a senior European lawmaker and CDU board member, told DLF public radio on Monday. Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic all stated that a final deal had not been reached, despite Merkel's claim that she had received "political consent" from 14 nations to strike a deal. Earlier this year, when he assumed his role as Interior Minister, he said: "Islam does not belong in Germany".

According to the document sent to the CSU and fellow coalition partner the Social Democratic Party, Merkel is proposing that migrants arriving in Germany who first registered in another European Union country should be placed in special holding centres under restrictive conditions.

However Seehofer rejected Merkel's assessment that the EU-wide measures would "have the same effect" as his demand to turn away migrants registered elsewhere in the bloc.

Seehofer said he was ready to step down as minister and as chair of his Christian Social Union (CSU) at a meeting where his party's leadership was discussing whether to accept immigration proposals Merkel brought back from Brussels last week. "Now that the CSU is behaving more aggressively towards Merkel and the CDU, those normally critical have come to her support".

Her CDU and its sister party CSU have suffered heavy losses in the country's federal elections previous year, while the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) scored record gains and entered the parliament for the first time.

But according to reports from a crunch party leadership meeting in Munich that stretched into early Monday morning, other party leaders were trying to dissuade Seehofer from stepping down.

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