On Tuesday, Merkel met with French President Emmanuel Macron in hopes of finding a joint Franco-German stance on European migration policy.
The meeting came a day after German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer and leader of the Christian Social Union (CSU), the Bavarian sister party to Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), gave the chancellor a two-week ultimatum to broker an agreement with European leaders on migration.
The move offered Merkel a temporary reprieve in a mutiny from within her own government.
The ongoing standoff revolves around a 63-point immigration “master plan” devised by Seehofer, who wants, among others, migrants who have already registered elsewhere in the European Union (EU) to be turned away at the German border.
This has brought the CSU leader into a headlock with Merkel, who is of the opinion that such a measure will go against Europe’s open border agreement and certain provisions on laws and conventions on refugees and migrants.
On Monday, Seehofer said he would implement his immigration plan step-by-step and hold off on turning away all migrants who have registered in another EU country while Merkel attempts to find a solution.
With a European summit on migration policy scheduled for late June, his ultimatum expires on July 1.
“It’s really a challenge, there actually is no easy way out for her,” said Andrea Roemmele, a professor at Hertie School of Governance in Germany’s capital, Berlin.
“Every potential way weakens her power, unless she really manages – which is highly unlikely – to pull off a great deal” at the summit, she added.
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