Merkel accepts CSU deadline for European Union migration deal

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"Whoever knows Europe, realizes this is no easy task", Merkel told reporters in Berlin on Monday after a meeting of her CDU party's executive.

"We are opening a new chapter", Dr Merkel said after the talks.

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, who heads Bavaria's Christian Social Union party, insists the chancellor reach a deal by the end of June with European Union governments facilitating the return of migrants to those countries where they were first registered. Bavaria is holding a regional election in October, and the governing CSU fears that it will lose votes to the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.

Merkel's "already tenuous" coalition has indeed just weathered a storm that threatened to bring down the government.

France's President Emmanuel Macron makes a gesture during a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a press conference after a meeting in the guest house of the German government in Meseberg north of Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

Merkel emphasized the need for Germany's conservative parties to stick together, but she and Seehofer may only have delayed a head-on clash.

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"Turning away migrants at our borders at the heart of Europe will lead to negative domino effects that could hurt Germany, and put into question European unity", she warned.

"By granting Merkel her two weeks, the CSU is ostensibly making effective bilateral deals their condition for staying in the grand coalition", said Mujtaba Rahman, managing director at Eurasia Group.

"Our goal remains a European answer to these challenges", she said.

It wasn't immediately clear what she might offer other countries in talks. "Today there is a real choice of society, even civilisation that is up for discussion". Merkel opposes unilateral action and wants time to discuss the issue with other European Union countries.

We don't want what is happening with immigration in Europe to happen with us! "If there is no solution reached, in July we will have to begin" turning people away.

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National contributions and European resources would be used to fund the budget, the leaders said in the declaration.

He said he would go ahead with preparations to block some asylum-seekers at the border.

Tripoli already runs migrant camps in Libya where the European Union pays the United Nations migration and refugee agencies to help resettle people to Europe legally or deport them to other African countries.

In his previous job as Bavarian governor, Seehofer was one of the leading critics of Merkel's decision in 2015 to leave Germany's borders open as migrants streamed across the Balkans.

In Austria, a coalition of right-wing parties led by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz- elected in 2017- favours sending European Union border patrol guards to Northern Africa to prevent migrants from travelling across the Mediterranean.

Driven in part by the civil war in Syria, the number of asylum seekers entering Germany began to rise sharply in 2013, when it reached nearly 110,000, and then soared after Merkel changed the policy in the summer of 2015.

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The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said Monday that more than 5,600 migrants entering Europe through Greece have reached Bosnia and Herzegovina so far this year, compared with 754 in all of 2017.

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