On 2 July Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right Christian Democratic Union (Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands: CDU) secured a last-minute deal with its more conservative Bavarian regional affiliate the Christian Social Union (Christlich-Soziale Union: CSU) on migration policy after Interior Minister Horst Seehofer’s (CSU) insistence on facilitating the unilateral rejection of migrants at German borders threatened to bring down the country’s four-month-old government.
Merkel, who endorses an EU-wide approach to migration, tried to secure a domestic deal by accelerating sluggish European reforms at a recent EU summit in Brussels and by forging an array of bilateral arrangements on migration. However, these steps did not go far enough for the CSU.
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