Merkel reverses on migration to save her government

German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed on Monday to build camps for asylum seekers on the Austrian border in a bid to prevent the collapse of her coalition government, reversing her longstanding policy of welcoming asylum seekers.

The change marked a compromise with Merkel’s interior minister, Horst Seehofer, who also is the leader of one of her coalition partners, the Christian Social Union. Seehofer had threatened to resign, saying last week’s European Union migration agreement didn’t do enough to discourage the flow of migrants into Germany. His departure would have unraveled Merkel’s coalition.

The deal won’t be finalized until the parties in Merkel’s coalition all agree, but Merkel said she and Seehofer had “reached a good compromise.” Seehofer said the agreement was “sustainable.” European stocks rose early Tuesday in what was widely interpreted as a sign of relief.

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