CSU leader to reject migrants at German border if no European Union deal

Merkel is sticking to her guns maintaining an open-door migrant policy is crucial for keeping Europe united

Merkel is sticking to her guns maintaining an open-door migrant policy is crucial for keeping Europe united

French President Emmanuel Macron, who is set to meet Germany's Merkel to discuss Europe-wide policy later this week, is also backing Italy's plan for a "fortress Europe", which would stem the flow of economic migrants into the bloc, according to reports.

A defiant Interior Minister Horst Seehofer warned that he would give Merkel a fortnight to find a European deal to curb new arrivals by a June 28-29 EU summit, failing which he vowed to order border police to turn back migrants.

"Our aim remains a European answer to this challenge", Merkel said, following the day-long meeting.

For Merkel, in power for over 12 years, the stakes could not be higher as she leads an uneasy coalition government with a narrow majority that took half a year to cobble together.

Italy and France have also become involved in the migrant debate, with Italy's interior minister Matteo Salvini, who is the deputy Prime Minister of the country, refusing to accept new refugee boats and calling for asylum seekers to be equally distributed across the European Union, rather than being hosted by the first country they land in.

"We want more sovereignty and unity", Macron said. "We continue to maintain our position that in event that it is not successful [ Brussels summit], we can immediately reject [migrants] at border".

The two leaders of Europe's biggest economies will seek to thrash out a compromise between Macron's bold vision for sweeping European Union change and Germany's stance that is more cautious, especially when it comes to finance.

German chancellor Angela Merkel has been one of the most welcoming political leaders in Europe by opening the borders and letting in an estimated one million migrants over the last 3 years and now that kindness is coming back to bite as her own party turn on her which may see the end of her political career as early as this week.

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

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Seehofer said his party was keen to find a way to limit the number of asylum seekers arriving in Germany. The two parties govern with the center-left Social Democrats.

Merkel has had an often-tense history with Seehofer, and their relationship became really hard after Merkel's 2015 decision to keep Germany's borders open as migrants streamed across the Balkans.

However it ends, the spat has laid bare the limits of Merkel's authority in a fractious government that took office in March after almost six months of postelection haggling.

If Seehofer decides to go it alone, Merkel would have to fire him, sparking an unprecedented CDU-CSU split, political scientist Heinrich Oberreuter told business daily Handelsblatt.

In an unprecedented split between the CDU and CSU, Seehofer has openly defied Merkel with a demand to allow border police to turn back migrants who lack valid identity papers or are already registered in another European Union country.

Until n, Chancellor will also try to forge bilateral agreements with countries such as Italy or Austria, so that y will accept asylum seekers who have applied in those countries.

The office said 728,470 application requests were made for global protection in 2017, compared to nearly 1.3 million applications the previous year.

In 2014, before more than a million migrants arrived in Germany, 6.08 million criminal acts were recorded - a higher rate than a year ago.

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