Germany's Seehofer drops threat to resign after talks with Merkel

Published: July 03, 2018 11:50:34 | Updated: July 05, 2018 13:44:22


German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer leaves a Christian Social Union (CSU) leadership meeting in Munich, Germany July 2, 2018. Reuters.

Germany’s interior minister Horst Seehofer dropped his threat to quit after hours of talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU), saying the two conservative parties had the tightened border controls he was demanding.

Seehofer, leader of the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU), had offered to step down from both his positions if Merkel did not consent to controls she opposes that would involve turning some migrants back at Germany’s border with Austria, says a Reuters report.

“After intensive discussions between the CDU and CSU we have reached an agreement on how we can in future prevent illegal immigration on the border between Germany and Austria,” he told reporters on leaving the CDU’s Berlin headquarters.

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