The Wall Street Journal: Merkel’s future in doubt as German coalition allies reject immigration deal

BERLIN — Angela Merkel’s position as German chancellor became more precarious on Sunday after her interior minister rejected a European deal on limiting immigration as insufficient, threatening her government.

In a closed-door meeting with leaders of his Christian Social Union, Horst Seehofer, who is also the party’s chairman, said the agreement wouldn’t reduce immigration to Germany, according to a party official, casting doubt over the future of the German government.

Seehofer had handed Merkel an ultimatum two weeks ago: Find a European deal that stops migrants with asylum applications in other EU countries from entering Germany or he would instruct police to start turning back such migrants at the border.

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