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The Latest: Germany's Interior Minister Lashes out at Merkel

The Latest: Germany's Interior Minister Lashes out at Merkel

Monday, 02 July 2018 11:38 AM

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on the tensions in Germany's coalition government (all times local):

5:25 p.m.

Germany's interior minister is lashing out at Chancellor Angela Merkel in an interview ahead of a crisis meeting in a dispute over migration policy.

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer traveled to Berlin on Monday after offering to resign during a meeting of his Christian Social Union party on Sunday night. He and other CSU leaders planned to meet the leadership of Merkel's Christian Democratic Union. The two parties are allies.

Merkel and Seehofer have been at odds over the latter's plan to turn back some migrants at Germany's borders. Merkel rejects the idea, insisting on a Europe-wide solution.

Seehofer was quoted as telling the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper Monday that he was in an "inconceivable" situation. He says "I won't let myself be fired by a chancellor who is only chancellor because of me."

That was an apparent reference to his party's relatively strong election results in Bavaria.

9 a.m.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and her rebellious Bavarian allies are searching Monday for a way to end a standoff over migration after Germany's interior minister offered to resign, but a compromise looked elusive in the dispute that has rocked the government.

The crisis that has raised questions over the future of Merkel's 3½-month-old administration pits Interior Minister Horst Seehofer and his Bavaria-only Christian Social Union against Merkel, the head of its longtime sister party, the Christian Democratic Union.

Ahead of a difficult Bavarian state election in October, the CSU is determined to show it is tough on migration. Seehofer wants to turn asylum-seekers who have already been registered in another European Union country back at Germany's border, but Merkel is adamant that Germany shouldn't take unilateral action.

Seehofer and Merkel, who have long had a difficult relationship, have sparred over migrant policy on and off since 2015.

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