Austria says to 'protect' its borders after German migrant deal

German coalition teeters as minister offers to resign over migrants

The "chain reaction" comes after German chancellor Angela Merkel agreed with her interior minister, Horst Seehofer, to police the 90 crossing points along Germany's 500-mile southern border with Austria.

Ahead of a hard Bavarian state election in October, the CSU is determined to show it is tough on migration.

Seehofer wants to unilaterally turn back refugees already registered in other European Union (EU) member states, while Merkel opposes it and has been calling for a European solution.

Merkel could have fired Seehofer. However, the current dispute has erupted as Germany is seeing far fewer newcomers than in 2015.

Nevertheless, the anti-refugee, anti-Islam Alternative for Germany (AfD) was propelled into federal parliament for the first time a year ago by outrage over immigration, leading to months of paralysis while Merkel struggled to put together a workable coalition.

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

As the CDU and CSU parties hunkered down in Berlin and Munich, leaders on both sides sought to clarify what was a stake.

The deal also requires support from the Social Democrats, the third party in Merkel's government. Seehofer did not comment on that during his brief statement to journalists after his party's meeting. But in comments to the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper, he complained that he was in an "inconceivable" situation. He insulted Merkel in a newspaper interview saying, "I will not let myself be dismissed by a chancellor who is only chancellor because of me".

CDU leaders and lawmakers earlier Monday stressed the importance of maintaining the conservative alliance, Germany's strongest political force for much of its post-war history.

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Merkel, who has long favored open borders between European countries, agreed to allow "transit centers" along the Austrian border for the goal of screening asylum seekers.

The CSU is fighting state elections in Bavaria in October and, under pressure from the far-right, anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD), is seeking to burnish its own anti-refugee credentials in an attempt to win back voters. Securing the consent of other European Union countries was crucial, she said, adding: "That's why I consider the deal for now as an uncovered cheque".

"We [the EU] should enter a phase of cooperation", Italian foreign minister Enrico Moavero Milanesi said.

Justice Minister Katarina Barley, a fellow Social Democrat, also struck a critical tone.

That would be "against our values, global law and European law ... we are well aware of the inhumane situation for many migrants in Libya", an EU commission spokesowman said.

"For the Christian Social Union (CSU) it is of utmost importance not to lose its credibility.The promise has been that Seehofer would stop immigration of those who are not entitled to go through the asylum procedure in Germany".

Ms. Nahles said she had demanded a full leadership meeting of all three coalition partners be held later Monday to discuss the future of the government.

"CDU and CSU have no interest in a split and the chances are over 90% for the coalition to survive for now", said retired politics professor Eckhard Jesse.

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