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Angela Merkel handed LIFELINE by Sebastian Kurz as pressure over migration crisis mounts

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AUSTRIAN Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has sent a lifeline to embattled Angela Merkel as she faces rising pressure from her Interior Minister Horst Seehofer and her Bavarian counterparts over Europe’s migrant crisis.

Mr Kurz distanced himself from Mr Seehofer, who has threatened to order officials to reject asylum seekers at the German border if they have been registered in other EU states, unless Mrs Merkel achieves an “acceptable” deal with other EU member states.

The Interior Minister noted the CSU and Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party would meet on Sunday if Merkel fails to strike an acceptable deal in order to “decide about how to move forward”.

If Mr Seehofer was to defy Merkel’s policy, many CDU members have argued the German Chancellor would be obliged to fire him, which could lead to the break-up of the CDU-CSU coalition and risk Merkel losing her majority in Parliament.

However Mr Kurz rejected claims he would like to see Mrs Merkel ousted from power.

He said: “What would be my interest in that? I am the head of government in Austria.

“I therefore have an interest in a stable German government with which we can work together.”

He expressed hope Mrs Merkel and Mr Seehofer would be able to reach a compromise over German migration policy, and resolve their differences.

He said: “I hope that the German government will pull in the same direction, because that is good for Germany, for neighbouring countries such as Austria and also for the European Union.”

Mr Seehofer has also expressed his desire to reach a resolution with Mrs Merkel.

Speaking on broadcaster ARD, he stated: “I don’t know anyone in my party who wants to jeopardise the Government in Berlin, dissolve the parliamentary alliance with the Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) or unseat the chancellor from power.

“Even if many people don’t believe that.

This would mean many refugees would be returned to Austria, which Mr Kurz noted would be in contradiction to EU’s Dublin Regulation.

Speaking to POLITICO, Mr Kurz said: “The Dublin rules require people who have been registered to be returned to the country in which they were first registered — and certainly not to just any other European country.”

Pointing to Austria’s landlocked geography, he added: “Anyone who knows the geographical situation of Austria knows that people would have had to parachute in.”

Mr Seehofer, who is also the leader of the Christian Social Union (CSU) party, has given Mrs Merkel until the end of the EU summit to agree on an acceptable policy with other EU member states to reduce the burden on Germany.

Source: https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/981257/Angela-Merkel-EU-summit-lifeline-Sebastian-Kurz-Horst-Seehofer-migration-crisis-EU



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