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Merkel Coalition Finally Makes Immigration Deal, Scraps Transit Centers

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Germany’s coalition of ruling parties finally reached an agreement on an immigration plan Thursday after weeks of drama and disagreements.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) along with her coalition partners of the Christian Social Union (CSU) and the Social Democrats (SDP) agreed on a two-page package plan to handle asylum seekers who have already registered with other countries in the European Union.

Merkel’s political future was hindering on the completion of such a deal, as she was under intense pressure from both sides of the coalition to solve the issue or risk potentially dissolving her months-old coalition. (Merkel Makes Last Ditch Immigration Agreement, Coalition Government Survives For Now)

Interior Minister and head of the CSU Horst Seehofer brokered the former deal that involved opening transit centers around the German-Austrian border to curb secondary movements, in which asylum seekers apprehended at the border would be sent back to the country they’ve most recently been registered with.

Merkel and Seehofer seemed satisfied with this deal on Monday until the SDP squashed the proposal on Tuesday, disagreeing with the idea of holding immigrants in such centers. (Merkel’s Immigrant Woes Not Finished Yet, Hanging On Approval From Social Democrats, EU)

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