July 1, 2018 / 2:46 PM / in 4 months

Germany's Interior Minister insists on border exclusion - party source

MUNICH (Reuters) - The leader of Bavaria’s Christian Social Union, Horst Seehofer, told a meeting of his conservative party on Sunday that he saw no alternative to turning some migrants back at the German border, a measure that would bring him into conflict with Chancellor Angela Merkel, a CSU party source said.

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer before the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, June 27, 2018. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

Seehofer, who is also Germany’s interior minister, said talks he had held on Saturday night with Merkel had had no effect, the source said.

Merkel is hoping a deal secured in Brussels earlier this week will placate her Bavarian allies, who are demanding a significant hardening of Germany’s immigration policy.

Reporting by Joern Poltz, writing by Thomas Escritt. Editing by Jane Merriman

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