German chancellor Angela Merkel faces a mounting coalition crisis over refugee policy. Interior minister Horst Seehofer, CSU, wants German authorities to be able to turn refugees away at the border. Merkel says she wants a European solution.
The CSU leader has toed a fine line: While accepting Merkel's authority, Seehofer said the chancellor wasn't sticking to the coalition agreement. He added that certain compromises with EU neighbors would be unacceptable.
The German Interior Ministry has announced it has reached a deal that will allow it to return asylum-seekers to Greece. Chancellor Angela Merkel and Spain's Pedro Sanchez agreed to a similar compromise last week.
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer says his standoff with Chancellor Angela Merkel over asylum policy is "history." He had threatened to resign unless Germany turns away asylum-seekers at its border.
Seven holding and processing centers have begun operations in Bavaria. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer hopes to bundle and accelerate asylum procedures, but critics say they will create more problems, not fewer.
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