July 5, 2018 / 7:31 PM / 17 days ago

Germany agrees steps on migration, no camps of any kind - SPD leader

BERLIN (Reuters) - 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.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and German Interior Minister and CSU head Horst Seehofer attend a meeting in Vienna, Austria July 5, 2018. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

The parties agreed to speed up the process of returning asylum-seekers that had already registered in other EU countries, under existing EU rules, but there would be no unilateral action by Germany, SPD leader Andrea Nahles told reporters.

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, who had proposed turning back those asylum seekers at the border, a move that threatened to collapse the government, said he was very pleased by the agreement.

Reporting by Holger Hansen and Andreas Rinke; Writing by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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