Pres­sure grows on Merkel to tighten refugee poli­cies

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

BER­LIN — Pres­sure grew on Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel from the right wing of her con­ser­va­tive bloc Thursday to tighten Ger­many’s refugee poli­cies and al­low some mi­grants to be turned away at the bor­ders. It was a ma­jor chal­lenge to her au­thor­ity, echo­ing wider Eu­ro­pean dis­agree­ments on how to deal with the huge num­bers of asy­lum-seek­ers. In­te­rior Min­is­ter Horst See­hofer has pro­posed turn­ing back refugees who have al­ready reg­is­tered in other Eu­ro­pean coun­tries, as part of a lengthy “mas­ter plan’’ to curb unau­tho­rized im­mi­gra­tion. He also wants to block mi­grants whose asy­lum ap­pli­ca­tions in Ger­many have been re­jected from re­turn­ing to the coun­try. His news con­fer­ence to an­nounce the de­tails of the plan was called off Tuesday af­ter he and Merkel couldn’t agree. On Thursday, the leader of See­hofer’s Bavar­ian-only Chris­tian So­cial Union in par­lia­ment said the party sup­ported him and would not back down, and sug­gested they might try to force through changes at a state level. That could cause a break in the long­time al­liance with Merkel’s Chris­tian Demo­cratic Union.

“We are in a se­ri­ous, a very se­ri­ous sit­u­a­tion,’’ said Alexan­der Do­brindt, adding that the is­sue would be dis­cussed in Bavaria with party lead­ers on Monday.

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