Monday, 2 July 2018

German interior minister offers to resign over migration conflict

Germany's interior minister has offered his resignation after a conflict with Angela Merkel over migration policy, party figures say.
Horst Seehofer has been at odds with the chancellor over her approach to mass migration.
He has threatened to turn away some categories of asylum seekers at the German border while Mrs Merkel has sought a European solution.

Sources in Mr Seehofer's party - Bavaria's Christian Social Union (CSU) - said he wanted to "step down" as interior minister and chairman of his party, as he enjoys "no support".

The CSU tried for weeks to get Mrs Merkel to agree to reject asylum seekers at the border if they had already registered in other countries or to get a similar deal from the European Union by 1 July.

Angela Merkel risks being ousted as German leader by interior minister Horst Seehofer

Mr Seehofer complained in Sunday's closed meeting with party bosses that his conversation with the chancellor had "no effect", sources said.

Germany's DPA news agency reported that some members of Mr Seehofer's party were trying to change his mind on the resignation.

SKY       News.

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