Chancellor Angela Merkel and Interior Minister Horst Seehofer remain at loggerheads over Germany’s migration policy. On Thursday morning, the Bundestag’s plenary session had to be interrupted to allow for separate meetings of each party’s parliamentary group on the country’s migration and asylum policies. According to media reports citing persons involved in the negotiations, Seehofer has told Merkel he would go it alone, if no compromise can be reached and that he would use a so-called “ministerial authorization” to implement his plan. It comes after talks between the two as well as Bavarian Premier Markus Söder, Hesse Premier Volker Bouffier and Helge Brown, head of the Chancellery late on Wednesday, ended without a breakthrough. Earlier in the week, Seehofer’s “migration masterplan,” which was to be presented on Tuesday, was delayed, reportedly because of opposition from the Chancellery. The main sticking point between Seehofer, who is from the Bavarian Christian Social Union, and Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union is Seehofer’s demand that border states like Bavaria should be allowed to refuse asylum-seekers trying to enter Germany if they have registered in another EU state or have been refused asylum in Germany already. Read more: How Germany became a country of immigrants Merkel: no unilateral action Merkel,… Read full this story
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