German Chancellor Angela Merkel Agrees To Build Migrant Border Camps

The divisions within the German government over the issue are also being played out in other European Union countries, and three countries later said they were not part of the German deal: the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland. "A majority of Germans back the chancellor".

Those who had would be turned away. Its leader, Andrea Nahles, said the party will closely examine the agreement.

"I think the way this debate is being conducted is hurting Germany's image and above all that of the German government", he said. Bernd Riexinger, chairman of the Left Party, tweeted that "Transport centers are de facto mass internment camps".

But he also struck a conciliatory tone, saying "there is an abundance of possibilities ... for compromises", without specifying what they were. "This so-called agreement leaves more questions open than it answers", she told Funke media group.

However, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker responded positively to the deal. Polls indicate many are unhappy with immigration but they also want stability in government.

At a press conference with his coalition partners in Vienna, Mr Kurz spoke out against Ms Merkel's "Welcome Culture" towards migrants of 2015 and said the European Union must take steps to protect its external borders against migrants.

Tighter German border controls have in the past raised fears of a migrant build-up in Austria.

He told Sky News: "The problem is, the agreement only exists between the CSU, Seehofer's party and Angela Merkel's CDU".

Without Monday night's compromise, Mr. Seehofer would have been fired or would have resigned, which could have brought down the government if his party then withdrew from the coalition.

Austria's government has warned it could "take measures to protect" its borders after Germany planned restrictions on the entry of migrants as part of a deal to avert a political crisis in Berlin.

Seehofer said on Tuesday that he had already discussed a possible solution with Kurz.

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The Austrian chancellery confirmed that Seehofer would meet Kurz and his counterpart Herbert Kickl on Thursday.

The euro rose after Merkel and interior minister Horst Seehofer, her antagonist who had threatened to resign, ended their two-week standoff late on Monday.

"Austria and in particular Salzburg can and must in no case become a "waiting area" for migrants", said Wilfried Haslauer, the conservative governor of Salzburg province, which borders Germany.

Numbers are sharply down from the peak three years ago.

"Smugglers are exploiting the desperation of migrants to leave before there are further crackdowns on Mediterranean crossings by Europe", Othman Belbeisi, the IOM's Libya chief said.

Seehofer said he had held a "conversation with no effect" on Sunday evening with the German chancellor, BBC reported.

Instead, the chancellor, who's been bogged down in bickering with the immigration hardliner since the start of her fourth term, agreed to set up "transit centers" for asylum seekers.

The plan was dropped after opposition from the Social Democrats.

Meanwhile, migration experts have criticised the border arrangement proposed by Merkel and Seehofer.

However, there seems to be little appetite among Social Democrats leaders to oppose the plan this time and trigger another crisis.

That decision convulsed European politics, fueling the rise of anti-immigration parties including the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which now threatens to unseat the CSU in October's regional elections.

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