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German Interior Minister: 'Illegal Migration Is No Longer Worth it'

© REUTERS / Markus SchreiberGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, talks with German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, right, during the first day of the budget 2018 debate at the parliament Bundestag at the Reichstag building in Berlin, Tuesday, May 15, 2018
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, talks with German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, right, during the first day of the budget 2018 debate at the parliament Bundestag at the Reichstag building in Berlin, Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - Sputnik International
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Horst Seehofer has previously insisted on taking unilateral steps in order to strengthen the country's borders and stop the massive influx of migrants.

The bitter dispute with German Chancellor Angela Merkel over migration is history, Seehofer said, stressing that the government is on course to diminish support for the right-wing party Alternative for Germany.

Horst Seehofer, the leader of the right wing Bavarian Christian Social Union said that no society could cope with such prolonged increases in migrants influxes, saying Merkel had sent completely the wrong signal to the world. - Sputnik International
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German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, who asked for a tougher approach to the migration issue, told Sunday's Bild am Sonntag the agreement sends "a signal to the world that illegal migration is no longer worth it."

After a delay that threatened the governing coalition, leaders of the two parties agreed to turn back refugees who have already applied for asylum in other European countries under bilateral deals that have not yet been reached.

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Seehofer had issued an ultimatum to Chancellor Merkel requiring that the migration issue be resolved, threatening to resign otherwise. German lawmakers have said that such an ultimatum could lead to a collapse of the ruling coalition.

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The CDU and SPD later reached an agreement to return certain migrants to the countries where they first applied for asylum, in cases where such bilateral agreements have been reached with other EU member states.

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