PRESSURE ON MERKEL TO TIGHTEN BORDER
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.