German coalition teeters as minister offers to resign over migrants

by Ben Pena July 4, 2018, 13:17
German coalition teeters as minister offers to resign over migrants

Mr Seehofer leads the Christian Social Union (CSU), the Bavarian sister party of Mrs Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU).

The EURUSD pair got a 30 pip boost post Germany's Seehofer comment that a clear solution to stopping illegal immigration at the German-Austrian border has been agreed upon during his meeting yesterday with Chancellor Angela Merkel.

However, criticism from Vienna and her junior coalition partners, the Social Democrats (SPD), threatened to throw a spanner in the works.

Merkel and Seehofer have been embroiled in a dispute for weeks over the interior minister's plan to start turning away migrants at the German border with Austria who have already registered elsewhere in the European Union (EU).

If the CSU had withdrawn its support for Merkel's coalition, she would be left without a majority in the German parliament, possibly prompting fresh elections.

In cases where no such bilateral agreements exist, the asylum seekers would be sent back across the border "on the basis of an agreement with Austria" that was to be negotiated, it said.

Although Ms. Merkel lives to govern another day, her coalition government is now more fragile than ever and her own position considerably weaker.

All new migrants would have to be screened at the centers and determined if they are eligible to seek asylum in Germany.

Applicants in these centers-which would be built on the border with Austria-could then be turned away and sent back to whatever European Union country they came from.

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The new policy is a compromise that allowed Merkel and CSU head Horst Seehofer to defuse their confrontation.

Meanwhile, migration experts have criticised the border arrangement proposed by Merkel and Seehofer.

As he entered a CDU crisis meeting Monday, party deputy leader Armin Laschet insisted that the sister parties "want to hold onto" their alliance. He insisted the CSU doesn't want to break up the conservative partnership.

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.

The "Union" of CDU and CSU have blended the southern state's beer-and-lederhosen-infused conservatism with more moderate politics, forming a centre-right force that dominated Germany for decades.

German Chancellor Angela Markel on Monday balked on her signature immigration policies in a bid to stay in power, agreeing to create border camps for migrants and enforce tighter border control.

"In the end, the government could fall and an old, proud party could descend into ridiculousness - and all of that to solve a problem that in reality hardly is one", given the dramatically lower numbers of asylum seekers arriving in Germany this year.

It was the latest aftershock from Merkel's 2015 decision to open Germany's borders to more than a million refugees from war in the Middle East and Africa.

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