Published: Tue, July 03, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

German interior minister offers resignation over migration row

German interior minister offers resignation over migration row

Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) and its coalition partner CSU will meet in Berlin on Monday evening in a last ditch effort to save the coalition government, party officials have said.

Seehofer and his party met Sunday seeking a response to a hard-fought agreement to reduce migration into the European Union and so-called "secondary migration" between member states hammered out by Merkel at a leaders' summit last week.

She maintained earlier on Sunday that a plan to regulate immigration that European Union leaders approved on Friday and other agreements she hashed out with several key countries would accomplish what Mr Seehofer seeks.

Currently Merkel's CDU, its sister party CSU and their coalition partner Social Democratic Party (SPD) control 399 of the 709 seats in the German parliament.

Merkel fears Germany unilaterally setting up border checks could cause a domino effect across the European Union, undermining the Schengen free-movement zone and damaging the economy and political solidarity.

"We want on the one hand to set up transit centres in Germany and from there carry out returns in agreement with countries from which asylum seekers come and where they are already registered", Mrs Merkel told reporters.

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Then reports emerged from the CSU that Mr Seehofer had offered to step down both as party leader and interior minister.

Mrs Merkel got backing from both the CDU and CSU at a parliamentary meeting on Monday.

Seehofer, 68, has been a headache for Merkel, especially over her open-door migrant policy, and the last three years have been punctuated by a series of showdowns between the two.

But some in German political circles say that the row actually reflects Seehofer's longstanding rivalry with Soeder, who unseated him as Bavarian premier, accusing them of holding Germany hostage to a Bavarian issue.

By letting the CSU tear itself apart over its future in the coalition, Merkel may yet rid herself of a formidable foe in Seehofer - as she has with a string of other top conservatives in her 12-1/2 years in office.

Speaking at his party's annual gathering Sunday, Matteo Salvini, Italy's interior minister and leader of the anti-immigrant League party said he wanted to create a pan-European association of like-minded parties, Reuters reported, a further indication that nationalist forces are gaining strength.

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Over recent days, speculation had focused on the possibility of Merkel firing Seehofer if he went ahead unilaterally with his plan.

She could also call a vote of no confidence, which she may win or which may trigger a new election.

Europe started with a thud too, with the pan-European STOXX 600 index dropping 1 percent .STOXX and the euro down 0.5 percent against the dollar at $1.1630 EUR=EBS as the stability of Germany's coalition government remained in focus.

However, the more conservative CSU believes its credibility is at stake as it tries to curb support for the anti-migration Alternative for Germany party in the upcoming Bavarian election.

Since 2015 over one million refugees have entered the continent; many settling down in Germany and Austria.

"Our goal remains a joint European solution with orderly protection of the exterior borders, and centres in third countries, ' said Kurz, whose nation took over the rotating EU presidency on Saturday".

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