Austria says to ’protect’ its borders after German migrant deal

Austria says to ’protect’ its borders after German migrant deal

Austria says to ’protect’ its borders after German migrant deal

CSU officials on Monday gave no indication they were rethinking this position and continued to argue for tighter border controls and denying entry to some asylum seekers.

INSA pollster Hermann Binkert said the biggest winners of a new election would be the AfD and Greens. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer offered to quit his Cabinet post and the chairmanship of Bavaria's Christian Social Union (CSU) at a party meeting on Sunday.

Despite the usual predictions of her demise, Angela Merkel is still standing-albeit weaker than ever before after a face-off with her nemesis, interior minister Horst Seehofer.

Before the refugee crisis of 2015, Seehofer was mainly concerned with regional pet projects tolerated by Merkel, such as rewarding mothers who raise young children at home with state benefits and charging foreign motorists for using Germany's Autobahn.

They have agreed to a plan for so-called transit centres, from which people who have sought asylum in a different European Union country can be sent back to their arrival point, if the other state agrees.

A real possibility is a break up of the 70-year alliance between the CSU and Merkel's CDU. On Sunday, Ms. Merkel's party passed a resolution backing her stance.

The Forsa poll showed that 54 percent of Germans would have favored a CDU-CSU split over the migration question while 38 percent welcomed the agreement and the unity of the two sister parties.

Diplomats in Brussels said the bloc could not reject an agreement that bolstered its most powerful government.

Merkel rejects any unilateral moves, which she says would undermine the EU's Schengen open border system.

He also explains how the Chancellor of Germany's options regarding immigration are narrowing.


Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Passau in Bavaria was on the frontline of Europe's 2015 migrant crisis How did the events unfold? CDU General Secretary Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said the party believed a European solution was necessary.

Mr Seehofer complained that he had held a "conversation with no effect" with Mrs Merkel on Saturday.

But CSU parliamentary group chief Alexander Dobrindt "does not want to accept Seehofer's resignation", participants in the hours-long huddle said.

Seehofer and Italian counterpart Matteo Salvini spoke by phone and agreed to meet for bilateral talks before a summit of interior ministers in Innsbruck on July 11.

He insulted Merkel in a newspaper interview saying, "I will not let myself be dismissed by a chancellor who is only chancellor because of me".

European Union leaders reached a much-needed deal on steps to tackle migration after resolving a bitter row with Italy's inexperienced prime minister.

Mr. Seehofer and Ms. Merkel have been at loggerheads for two weeks over the minister's insistence that federal police turn back at the border migrants with an open asylum application in another European Union member state.

"The blame game between CDU and CSU must end, because it is irresponsible", she said.

However, Italy - where most irregular migrants arrive - does not want to take back migrants who reach Germany.

The Social Democrats, who have largely been bystanders so far, demanded that their coalition partners get their act together, and called for a meeting later Monday with the conservative leaders.

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