German Interior Minister offers to resign over asylum policy

GETTYHans Michelbach has insisted Ms Merkel must work on the details of German's migration policy

Mr Seehofer, one of Mrs Merkel's biggest political rivals, also said the matter was affecting the "credibility" of his role as party leader, hinting at a possible resignation.

Horst Seehofer insisted on his plan to turn away asylum seekers at the border with Austria registered in other European countries, as he rejected EU deals reached last week by Merkel as inadequate.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared to survive a threat to her governing coalition over migration policies Sunday, in the midst of an anti-migrant, populist wave taking shape across the European Union.

German media is reporting that the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Merkel's main party, is deeply troubled by the news, and is looking to hold an internal vote on the matter, but will continue ahead with the migration pacts made thus far, and will continue to puruse deals with other EU partners. The CDU's leaders, who are now gathered in Berlin for a second straight day of discussions, said they still see room for a compromise solution in the migration dispute.

In a televised interview on Sunday, Merkel said "The sum of everything we have decided has the same effect [as national measures]".

She said she would wait to see what the leadership of the two parties decides "and then we will see what comes next, step for step".

But the divisions within the German government over the issue are also being played out in other European Union countries, and this was reflected in the vague wording of Friday's deal.

But he and Merkel were spotted Saturday discussing the outcome with tense faces on the balcony of her Berlin office.

Seehofer has rejected Merkel's assessment that the EU-wide measures would "have the same effect" as his demand to turn away at the border asylum-seekers already registered in other European Union nations.

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Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic all stated that a final deal had not been reached, despite Merkel's claim that she had received "political consent" from 14 nations to strike a deal.

Although the number of migrants has dropped sharply since the crisis began in 2015, the influx has nonetheless stoked anti-immigrant sentiments across Europe, particularly in countries such as Germany and Italy, where last month the issue helped propel a right-wing government to power.

Under the deal brokered in Brussels, EU leaders agreed to consider setting up "disembarkation platforms" outside the bloc, most likely in North Africa, in a bid to discourage migrants and refugees boarding EU-bound boats.

While the euro initially rose to as high as $1.1698 in a knee-jerk reaction to the news, it quickly lost steam as Seehofer's departure would be seen as making Merkel's future even more uncertain.

Ahead of a hard Bavarian state election in October, the CSU is determined to show it is tough on migration.

The chancellor's frantic last-minute diplomacy was ultimately prompted by the CSU's fear of losing its cherished absolute majority in Bavaria's state parliament.

The CDU leadership in Berlin were reduced to waiting for developments from CSU headquarters.

Seehofer and Merkel are in a dispute over Germany's asylum policy. But earlier, Bavaria's premier Markus Soeder, mindful of the October regional elections, was positive.

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