Merkel faces ultimatum from ally over migrants

Cornelia Mascio
Giugno 21, 2018

Chancellor Angela Merkel accepted a two-week deadline to win agreement on tougher migration policy, a concession to her Bavarian coalition partner that eases an immediate standoff without removing the threat of further government tension down the road.

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

Once again the two sister parties, Merkel's CDU and the Bavarian CSU, have been fighting over immigration.

If Seehofer, backed by his CSU, were to defy her by enforcing the plan on Monday, Merkel would be nearly certainly forced to fire him.

Merkel, under pressure at home where her conservatives are divided on how to curb migrant arrivals, said she was optimistic her government and parliament would back the eurozone reforms.

If Seehofer, who has always been critical of the chancellor, decides to defy her, it could spell an end to the 70-year alliance between his Bavarian conservatives and those whom she represents in the remainder of the country.

Conte, who was visiting Germany for the first time since assuming office on June 1, said Italy wanted changes to European Union immigration rules to ensure other European Union countries share the burden of handling refugees.

The rules require migrants to apply for asylum in the first country they enter - a policy France has used to defend its own efforts to keep people from trying to cross over from Italy.

"Turning away migrants at our borders at the heart of Europe will lead to negative domino effects that could hurt Germany and put into question European unity", she has warned.

Other claims in Mr Trump's tweets have already been debunked by various German news sites, especially his assertion that "crime in Germany is way up".

As of last week, it looked like the interior minister would go ahead with these plans with or without the Chancellor's support, potentially forcing her to sack him and thus break the three-month old coalition keeping her government together. "If we want to defend our liberal democracy, we need more Europe, not less".

But the interior minister was forced to cancel a planned presentation of his vision after Merkel disagreed with his proposal to turn some asylum seekers away at the borders, sparking last week's dramatic escalation of discord within the conservative bloc.

Merkel says she will report back on July 1.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has rejected German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer's ultimatum on migrants but has two weeks to find a solution for influx of migrants ahead of the June 28-29 European Union talks.

Merkel said she will hold talks at and around an upcoming European Union summit and report back to her own conservative party July 1.

Merkel last week said she needed two weeks to come up with bilateral migrant deals with partners, such as Italy and Greece, similar to one agreed between Turkey and the European Union in 2016.

In her fourth term as German chancellor, Angela Merkel is going through her biggest political crisis. The fall responds especially to rise of alternative by Germany (AfD), party of Ultraright that has seduced nearly millions of Germans in handle ballots with its speech antiimmigration.

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