PRES­SURE ON MERKEL TO TIGHTEN BOR­DER

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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.

In­te­rior Min­is­ter Horst See­hofer has pro­posed turn­ing back refugees al­ready reg­is­tered in other Eu­ro­pean coun­tries, as part of a “mas­ter plan” to curb unau­tho­rized im­mi­gra­tion. He also wants to block mi­grants whose asy­lum ap­pli­ca­tions have been re­jected from re­turn­ing.

On Thursday, the leader of See­hofer’s Chris­tian So­cial Union said the party sup­ported him and would not back down, and sug­gested they might force through changes at a state level. That could cause a break in the al­liance with Merkel’s Chris­tian Demo­cratic Union.

Ger­many has seen more than one mil­lion asy­lum seek­ers since 2015 and Merkel has ac­knowl­edged the need to im­prove sys­tems and strengthen the Eu­ro­pean Union’s ex­ter­nal bor­ders.

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