Merkel gets two weeks to solve migrant crisis: Chancellor faces near-impossible task to get Europe-wide agreement if she is to hold on to power after coalition partners’ ultimatum
•Angela Merkel’s leadership teetering on the brink of collapse in immigration row
•Coalition CSU partners wanted to turn some migrants back at border from today
•But they have given Merkel two weeks to find EU-wide accord to solve the crisis
•The row threatens to bring to an end the Chancellor’s 13-year rule of Germany
By Kate Ferguson, Political Correspondent For Mailonline and Afp
Published: 17:01 BST, 17 June 2018 | Updated: 16:04 BST, 18 June 2018
Angela Merkel has been given just two weeks to find a Europe-wide agreement over the migrant crisis after receiving an ultimatum from her coalition partners.
The German chancellor is battling to hold on to power amid a bitter row with her allies, the Christian Social Union, over immigration.
The CSU, under Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, today put on hold moves to defy Merkel and turn back some migrants at the border.
Instead, they gave her just two weeks for the near-impossible task of finding an accord with other European governments to solve the crisis.
But Merkel immediately rejected the threat, saying there would be ‘no automatism’ if no European deals were found, and warning Seehofer and his Bavarian CSU party that she is ultimately in charge of government policies.
Over the past week, a conflict between Seehofer and Merkel over migrant policy has escalated into a threat to her government. It comes with EU nations once again at loggerheads over immigration, triggered by Italy’s refusal this month to allow a rescue ship carrying 630 migrants to dock.