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  • German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer leaves a Christian Social Union (CSU) leadership meeting in Munich.

    German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer leaves a Christian Social Union (CSU) leadership meeting in Munich. | Photo: Reuters

Published 2 July 2018

Differences between Angela Merkel and Horst Seehofer, on immigration matters, lead to the Interior Minister resignation proposal.
 

German Horst Seehofer has threatened to quit his position as Interior Minister and chairman of the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU), following a disagreement with Chancellor Angela Merkel during a party meeting, on Sunday, to discuss immigration proposals.

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The government official said that results achieved by Merkel at the summit of the European Union (EU), in Brussels, to reorganize European migration "are not equivalent" to immigration control policies implemented at the German border.

The differing opinions of the CSU - one of the main supporters of the government - and Merkel's party, the Christian Democrats (CDU), has raised several questions regarding the weight of the leadership of the German Chancellor.  

The CSU's final decision is still to be known, but the organization will either push for the closure of the borders or fall back and align with Merkel's party.

Should the CSU opt for direct confrontation with the Chancellor, the government coalition could be broken and Merkel would be relegated to minority rule.

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