Angela Merkel May Not Be Chancellor of Germany Much Longer

Merkel talks to Interior Minister Horst Seehofer in Berlin Germany

Merkel talks to Interior Minister Horst Seehofer in Berlin Germany

In Germany, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer of the CSU has been one of the fiercest critics of Merkel's liberal stance, under which a million asylum seekers have been admitted into Germany since 2015.

Merkel is adamant that a European solution is needed and is seeking bilateral deals with some partners, such as Italy and Greece, similar to one agreed in 2016 between the EU and Turkey, which cut the number of migrants reaching Europe. However the dispute ends, it has exposed her government's fragility at a hard time for the continent.

The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) politician said it was still unclear in Berlin what the essence of the disagreement between the Chancellor and Mr Seehofer was and that other members of the coalition had been left "in the blue".

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, secretary general of Mrs Merkel's CDU Party, said: "It could weaken our negotiating position and potentially impact other areas such as the euro".

With an eye on October's Bavaria state election, the CSU is anxious to assure voters that it has a roadmap to curb the migrant influx.

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In turn, Merkel praised Seehofer's "master-plan" by calling the document "a good foundation" for resolving the existing migration policy issues. "Ms. Merkel is insisting that Germany abide by a pan-European solution while her partners are pressing for a German only policy response", said Boris Schlossberg, managing director of FX strategy at BK Asset Management. But pointedly, Kurz announced the plan with Seehofer, not Merkel, standing by his side. The CSU's share of the vote in Bavaria dropped 10.5 percentage points to 38.8 percent, with Alternative for Germany a major beneficiary.

"The people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition".

Seehofer also sacked Jutta Cordt, the head of the Office for Migrants and Refugees (BAMF), an interior ministry spokesman said late Friday.

Later in the day, she will host the new Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, who is heading a government with an anti-immigration agenda.

Soeder and the CSU's ambitious top lawmaker in Berlin, Alexander Dobrindt, have sounded even tougher than Seehofer lately in demanding immediate action on immigration.

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Seehofer's "migration master plan", which Merkel last week refused to endorse, would see asylum seekers arriving at Germany's borders turned away if they have no identification papers, have already had an asylum claim rejected in Germany, or are already registered in another country in the EU - proposals that rights group say contravene European and global agreements. Her government toughened asylum rules and declared several countries "safe", meaning people from there can't expect to get refuge in Germany.

He said he would go ahead with preparations to block some asylum-seekers at the border.

Under current German law, anybody who lodges an asylum request at Germany's border is admitted to the country. And she has stuck to her insistence that there needs to be a European-wide solution to migration issues, despite a lack of progress so far.

European Union countries are once again at loggerheads over migration, triggered by Italy's recent refusal to allow a rescue ship carrying 630 migrants to dock.

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