German coalition drops plan for migrant holding centres

Leroy Wright
July 8, 2018

However, according to the daily, Austrian Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache said that his country did not want to "be punished for the mistakes of German policy".

Seehofer's Christian Social Union (CSU) has been pressuring German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) to take tougher measures on immigration or face the end of the new coalition government.

Germany's ruling coalition has agreed on a faster procedure for screening migrants at the border, dropping the idea of creating new holding centres.

Merkel refused to close Germany's borders as the migrant influx peaked in 2015 but has since significantly toughened her stance.

Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) has reached an agreement on migration with the other parties in Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition, its head said on Thursday, stressing that there would be no transit centres of any kind.

The leaders agreed on ditching so-called transit centers to process incoming asylum-seekers, rather there will now be "transit processes in police centers", CSU leader Seehofer told reporters.

Merkel said that the perspective on the migration between Hungary and Germany was very different.

Mrs Merkel said Europe should protect its borders but without becoming "some sort of fortress".

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