Merkel Faces Showdown in Germany Over Migrant Policy

Will the divisions over migration split Germany conservative coalition and spell an end of the line for Chancellor Angela Merkel

Seehofer after meeting Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) said on Monday that the two conservative parties had tightened border controls he was demanding.

Juncker was speaking after German Chancellor Angela Merkel settled a row with one of her political partners over migration late on Monday.

Seehofer made the announcement in Munich in a CSU meeting on whether to accept Merkel's European solution on migration policy reached in an EU summit on Friday, according to the report.

Seehofer, who has demanded that Merkel toughen her open-doors refugee policy, told colleagues on Sunday that in spite of the measures agreed with European Union leaders, he saw no alternative to turning some migrants back at the border.

Infighting began after Seehofer pledged to send back asylum seekers at Germany's border if they're already registered in another European Union country.

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

"As such the spirit of partnership in the European Union is preserved and at the same time an important step to order and control secondary migration and that's why I think that we have found a good compromise after tough negotiations and hard days". Merkel, who has long favored open borders between European countries, agreed to allow "transit centers" along the Austrian border for the objective of screening asylum seekers. But if he had pulled the CSU out of the coalition, the government would have collapsed-and Merkel's career likely would have been over.

If the CSU had withdrawn its support for Merkel's coalition, she would be left without a majority in the German parliament, possibly prompting fresh elections.

Her own interior minister, Horst Seehofer, has threatened to resign.

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"Both the chancellor and (Bavaria's Horst) Seehofer are damaged".

The divisions within the German government over the issue are also being played out in other European Union countries, and three countries later said they were not part of the German deal: the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland.

Both European and USA markets had mixed macro data outcome on Monday and it had little effect on the pair as investors were focused on German political proceedings.

"And then Chancellor Merkel is entitled to dismiss her minister of interior".

Merkel has never appeared rattled over the last stressful two weeks, and people who work with her say she was focused and relaxed in negotiations and did not lose her sense of humour.

Patzelt points out that what Merkel "sells as a threat to European integration" is considered by Seehofer and the CSU as a suitable means of stopping immigration to Germany and to Europe.

Jens Spahn, an arch critic of Merkel's migrant policy, may be unpalatable to many in the CDU, especially after making some controversial comments on poverty and being photographed with the new, outspoken US ambassador, a defender of US President Donald Trump.

Facing a state election in October, the Bavaria-only CSU hopes to win back votes eroded by the anti-migration Alternative fuer Deutschland and prevent the bordering state from being further impacted by migration.

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