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Merkel Survives, With a Huge Concession

German leader agrees to tough border policies to stay in power
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 3, 2018 7:52 AM CDT
German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a budget debate at the German parliament, Bundestag, at the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, July 3, 2018.   (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
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(Newser) – Germany's Angela Merkel has struck a deal to remain in power, at least for now. Merkel, long seen as a champion of the rights of immigrants to move freely within the European Union, agreed to toughen border policies to end a revolt from within her own governing coalition, reports the BBC. The big concession is that Merkel agreed to set up "transit centers" on the German-Austria border and make it easier to turn some immigrants away. The "transit centers" are essentially "migrant camps," reports the New York Times, which sees the Merkel deal as a "spectacular turnabout" on her part. Details:

  • Little choice: Merkel's own conservative interior minister, Horst Seehofer, forced Merkel into the move by threatening to resign and bring down her government. The two emerged with the deal late Monday after about five hours of talks, reports the AP. Seehofer leads the Christian Social Union, the sister party to Merkel's Christian Democratic Union.

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