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MIGRANT ROW: Reprieve for Merkel as opposition leader backs down



Despite extensive talks, differences remain on EU migrant deal

Relative reprieve has come the way of Angela Merkel after opposition leader and Interior Minister Horst Seehofer backed down from a threat to bypass the German Chancellor in a disagreement over immigration policy.

Seehofer on Monday agreed to implement his immigration “master plan” step by step, stopping short of unilaterally enforcing a policy opposed by Merkel while she attempts to find a solution at European level.

He also added that he’d be glad to see a European agreement but that “we want this national solution unless a European solution comes together”.

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“We wish the chancellor much luck,” he told a press conference.

Merkel had earlier been in disagreement with the leader of her Bavarian allies, the Christian Social Union (CSU), over a point in Seehofer’s plan that would see Germany turn away all migrants who have already registered elsewhere in the EU.

However, the move by Seehofer to back down from a threat to bypass Merkel now brings her reprieve over her biggest political crisis to date.


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