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Germany's Merkel says wants CDU/CSU allies to continue working together

Germany's Merkel says wants CDU/CSU allies to continue working together

The dpa news agency, citing information from unidentified participants, reported that a almost eight-hour meeting of the CSU in Munich was put on hold after interior minister Horst Seehofer made his offer.

Seehofer wants to turn some migrants away at Germany's borders, and Merkel insisted on a European-wide solution.

Merkel fears Germany unilaterally setting up border checks could cause a domino effect across the European Union, undermining the Schengen free-movement zone and damaging the economy and political solidarity.

Seehofer's insistence on a controversial "migration master plan" has threatened the future of CSU's decades-long partnership with the CDU, and the future of Merkel-led coalition government.

The Associated Press writes, "If Seehofer does step down, it is not immediately clear what effect the move would have on a three-week impasse between Merkel and her CSU partners, which has centered on his resolve to turn away some types of asylum-seekers at Germany's borders".

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer says he's making "one last attempt" to persuade the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) to yield in the dispute over asylum policy.

Despite the drama over Mr. Seehofer's resignation threat on Sunday, several political analysts said the most likely outcome was for both parties to walk back and find a last-minute compromise.

Both parties spent Sunday discussing the deal on immigration Mrs Merkel fought hard to reach at last week's European Union summit.

"Seehofer, who has nearly totally lost power in the CSU, now appears to want to bring down the chancellor in a kind of indirect political suicide. ending his career under the motto: first me, then the party, and maybe then the country", wrote the Hannoversche Allgemeine newspaper in an editorial.

Ending the alliance with the Christian Democrats (CDU) would leave the government without a parliamentary majority.

Before that deadline runs out, he would speak with Merkel's CDU on Monday afternoon "in hopes of reaching an understanding" that would shape his decision on whether to stay on, he added.

Her CDU lawmakers are still behind her while the CSU has baffled voters and commentators by backing themselves into a tight corner.

Merkel is seeking to end a three-week standoff with her hard-line Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, who heads the CSU. But the CSU is split itself on how far to push the row with the CDU, and faces a tough regional election in October with a strong challenge from the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD).

At the national level, Merkel proposes that migrants arriving in Germany who first registered in another European Union country should be placed in special "admission centres" under restrictive conditions, according to a document she sent to the CSU and SPD.

The EU and bilateral deals were "only possible because the chancellor enjoys respect and authority throughout Europe", Germany's EU Commissioner and CDU politician Guenther Oettinger said in an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung weekly.

However, the more conservative CSU believes its credibility is at stake as it tries to curb support for the anti-migration Alternative for Germany party in the upcoming Bavarian election.

Merkel, now barely 100 days into her fourth term, faced a backlash from the conservative CSU after allowing more than one million asylum-seekers into Germany since 2015.

"We can achieve a lot in a government, but not outside", Soeder said.