German interior minister 'offers to resign' over migrants

Angela Merkel

In a meeting with his party leaders on Sunday night, Seehofer offered to resign from his ministerial role and party leadership, reports said.

She said the decision by leaders of European Union countries on Friday to strengthen the 28-nation bloc's exterior borders and her proposal for "anchor centres" to process migrants at Germany's borders would work better.

Merkel was meeting with the CDU leadership Monday morning ahead of crunch talks between the two parties later in the day.

Seehofer and Merkel, who have long had a hard relationship, have sparred over migrant policy on and off since 2015.

Germany's dpa news agency, citing unidentified people present at the CSU meeting, reported that Seehofer told the forum he thinks the measures do not adequately accomplish what he is seeking.

Nevertheless, the anti-refugee, anti-Islam Alternative for Germany (AfD) surged into federal parliament for the first time past year, leading to months of paralysis while Merkel struggled to put together a workable coalition.

The quarrel threatens to derail Germany's fragile coalition and the 70-year-old alliance of CDU and CSU.

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

The EU and bilateral deals were "only possible because the chancellor enjoys respect and authority throughout Europe", Germany's EU Commissioner and CDU politician Guenther Oettinger said in an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung weekly. Gains by the far-right, anti-immigration Alternative for Germany party, or AfD, have returned the topic to the CSU's agenda ahead of a state election in October.

The dispute over how to handle migration has plunged Merkel's 3-month-old "grand coalition" into crisis and weakened the conservative leader, who has served for almost 13 years, forcing German officials to scramble to try to reach deals with individual European Union members. Or if they had already applied for asylum and been rejected. In turn, Merkel threatened to overrule him.

Refusing to give in, Seehofer set Merkel a deadline of July to find a European solution that matched his demands. Although Merkel might breathe a momentary sigh of relief, little would change in the long run.

That backing raised the pressure on the CDU's Bavarian ally - one of three coalition parties - to back away from a full-blown government crisis.

In the third - and least likely option - Seehofer would resign and the CSU would leave government, "the nuclear option", according to Traugott. "The conflict between the CSU and CDU would continue", Traugott said.

To politically survive, Merkel could attempt a minority government, seek a new coalition partner in the ecologist Greens or pro-business Free Democrats, or orchestrate a no-confidence vote in parliament that could trigger new elections.

Nadine Schmidt reported from Berlin and Judith Vonberg wrote in London.

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