Germany's Seehofer announces deal with Merkel, both survive

Germany's Seehofer announces deal with Merkel, both survive

Germany's Seehofer announces deal with Merkel, both survive

Sources said Seehofer rejected Merkel's assessment that the EU-wide measures would "have the same effect" as his demand to turn away at the border asylum-seekers already registered in other European Union nations.

He has threatened to quit, demanding a right to turn irregular migrants away at Bavaria's border.

"After intensive discussions between the CDU and CSU we have reached an agreement on how we can in future prevent illegal immigration on the border between Germany and Austria", Mr Seehofer told reporters as he was leaving the CDU's Berlin headquarters.

She said the compromise between the CSU and the CDU would secure the principle of freedom of movement within the European Union while allowing Germany to take "national measures" to limit migrant arrivals.

Individuals who are rejected by those countries will be pointed back into Austria "upon agreement" with Vienna, according to the deal that Mrs Merkel called a "very good compromise".

Bernd Riexinger of the opposition far-left Die Linke party spoke of "mass internment camps" as proof that "humanity got lost along the way" and urged Merkel's other coalition ally, the Social Democrats (SPD), to reject the plan.

Mr Seehofer described the agreement as inadequate and warned he could resign.

But CSU parliamentary group chief Alexander Dobrindt "does not want to accept Seehofer's resignation", participants in the hours-long huddle said. He praised 70 years of unity between the two centre-right parties, German media reported.

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She said she would wait to see what the leadership of the two parties decides "and then we will see what comes next, step for step".

Seehofer and Merkel have long had a hard relationship and sparred over Germany's approach to managing immigration on and off since 2015, when the chancellor welcomed refugees into the country.

"My patience is gradually wearing thin". "We want a humanitarian, but also realistic, migration policy", she told a news conference.

Although the number of migrants has dropped sharply since the crisis began in 2015, the influx has nonetheless stoked anti-immigrant sentiments across Europe, particularly in countries such as Germany and Italy, where last month the issue helped propel a right-wing government to power. Her Christian Democratic Party and its governing partner, the Christian Social Union, had separate meetings scheduled to discuss where they stand. Seehofer said the matter was also affecting the "credibility" of his role as party leader and is planning to give a statement to CSU leaders, party sources said.

But Seehofer seemed to resist pressure to climb down, suggesting that Merkel managed to remain in office after federal elections in September only thanks to his support. The cantankerous Bavarian leader, who turns 69 this Wednesday, coyly said he would make a final decision on his job within three days.

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On Friday, Merkel and the rest of the European Union leaders hammered out a vaguely-worded deal to share out refugees on a voluntary basis and create "controlled centres" inside the bloc to process asylum requests.

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