Merkel hails compromise on migration with Bavarian allies

Compromise will secure freedom of movement within EU while allowing Germany to take “national measures” to limit migrant arrivals

BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 02:  German Chancellor and leader of the German Chistian Democrats (CDU) Angela Merkel speaks to the media after a meeting with Horst Seehofer, German Interior Minister and leader of the Bavarian Social Union (CSU) at CDU party headquarters on July 2, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. Seehofer had announced he will resign yesterday from both posts over what he sees as insufficient policy by Merkel over asylum and migraiton policy. He then announced he will postpone his resignation in order to meet with Merkel later today.  (Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany would hold migrants registered in other European Union countries in transit centres while it negotiates their return, hailing a deal reached with her Bavarian allies that had threatened her government.

She said the compromise between the Christian Social Union (CSU) and her Christian Democrats (CDU) would secure the principle of freedom of movement within the EU while allowing Germany to take “national measures” to limit migrant arrivals.

“We want on the one hand to set up transit centres in Germany and from there carry out returns in agreement with countries from which asylum seekers come and where they are already registered,” Ms Merkel told reporters on Monday.

“As such the spirit of partnership in the European Union is preserved and at the same time an important step to order and control secondary migration and that’s why I think that we have found a good compromise after tough negotiations and difficult days.”