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Angela Merkel, Interior Minister reach immigration deal

German Chancellor and Interior Minister Horst Seehofer prior to a meeting on migration in Berlin, Germany. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images
German Chancellor and Interior Minister Horst Seehofer prior to a meeting on migration in Berlin, Germany. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

German Chancellor Angela Merkel reached an agreement with her hard-line interior minister, Horst Seehofer, on Monday amid a growing standoff between them over how to tackle the country’s migrant crisis, per the Wall Street Journal.

Why it matters: Merkel has been seeking to end a standoff with Seehofer, the chairman of the Christian Social Union, the sister party to her Christian Democratic Union, which has put her coalition government on the brink of collapse. Just less than a day ago, Seehofer said he would resign after rejecting a previous deal Merkel clinked with European Union leaders, saying it's insufficient.

The details: Under joint agreement, Germany will establish centers near its borders to review asylum seekers’ applications. Merkel called it a “really good compromise,” per the WSJ. Meanwhile, Seehofer walked back his plan to resign.

  • Seehofer had called for migrants who have been registered as asylum seekers in other countries be turned away at Germany’s border.

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