Angela Merkel fights for survival as interior minister Seehofer says he will turn away migrants at the border

Angela Merkel fights for survival as interior minister Seehofer says he will turn away migrants at the borderAngela Merkel, the German chancellor, was on Sunday night once again fighting for her political future after her interior minister slammed the migration deal she secured with her EU counterparts last week as “ineffective”. Horst Seehofer, Germany’s Interior Minister and leader of the Christian Social Union (CSU), said on Sunday that he now saw “no alternative” but to turn back some migrants at the German border, a party source told Reuters news agency. Mr Seehofer, one of Mrs Merkel’s biggest political rivals, also said the matter was affecting the “credibility” of his role as party leader, hinting at a possible resignation. Two weeks ago he gave Mrs Merkel an ultimatum to find a European solution to irregular migration by this Sunday, or he would defy her by turning migrants back at the border against her wishes. After a two-day summit with EU leaders in Brussels last week, Mrs Merkel believed she had struck such a deal. However, Mr Seehofer apparently does not agree.  After an “ineffective” two-hour meeting on Saturday night between Mrs Merkel and Mr Seehofer, the two leaders met with their respective parties for separate meetings in Munich and Berlin on Sunday night. Merkel’s migration tensions | Read more According to information from the German press agency, Mrs Merkel has spoken to her executive committee of a “very serious” situation. If Mr Seehofer is not satisfied he could now make true to his threats and close Germany’s borders, forcing Mrs Merkel to sack him, which would tear apart Germany’s already shaky coalition government.  This could lead to fresh elections, which would likely further embolden the far-Right and lead to political crisis in both Germany and Europe. Alternatively, Mr Seehofer could voluntarily step down as interior minister. Mrs Merkel on Sunday afternoon firmly reiterated her desire for a solution that is “not unilateral” and ”not to the detriment of third parties,” in an interview with German ZDF television. However she also said on her way into the discussions with her party in Berlin on Sunday afternoon that she had taken the CSU’s issue into account. “I want the CDU and CSU to work together, because we are a success story for our country,” she said. CDU Secretary General Annegrete Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Angela Merkel and minister Julia Kloeckner met on Sunday Credit: Michele Tantussi/Getty Images Tensions were high in Berlin on Sunday as party talks ran into the night. Michael Theurer, of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) said: “The mutual trust of CDU and CSU is more or less destroyed… and the government chaos produced harms Germany and its citizens.” However the effectiveness of the migration deal struck by Mrs Merkel and other EU leaders this week was also questioned. Mrs Merkel circulated a document to her coalition partners after the summit saying that 14 countries had agreed “on a political level” to take back some migrants who had passed through other EU countries on their way to Germany. But the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary later said they had not signed the agreement. A protestor holds a placard reading “Merkel must go” outside the CDU headquarters  Credit: REUTERS/Axel Schmidt Leaders agreed to set up “voluntary” control centres within the EU to process migrants. However Austria, France, Germany and Italy did not commit to any immediate plans to open secure centres on their own soil. Following the summit Mrs Merkel admitted there was still “a lot of work to do to bridge the different views”. Donald Tusk, the European Council president, said it was a “sort of” political breakthrough, but also added it was “too early” to call it a success. However Emmanuel Macron, the French President, hailed the agreement as an example of  “European cooperation”. Germany’s coalition government has been plagued by tensions since it was formed in February, four months after the German federal election last November. Mr Seehofer blames his party losing seats to the far-Right Alternative for Germany (AfD) during the last election on Mrs Merkel’s open-door refugee policy. With the Bavarian state elections due in October, Mr Seehofer fears the CSU could now lose its outright majority to the AfD. 

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