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>> The rescue boat carrying over 600 migrants, which was turned away by Italy, has been battered by rough seas as it sails towards Spain. The Aquarius sparked a diplomatic spat when Italy and Malta refused to let it dock last weekend, before Spain said it would take the boat.
Which isn't expected to disembark its passengers earlier than Saturday night. Italy's Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, has vowed to continue blocking foreign humanitarian boats from Italian ports. As Europe grapples with how to share responsibility for the thousands of migrants. Divisions over policy have been on display across the continent this week.
In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel is trying to avert a crisis that's frying her government. Bavarian conservatives have rejected her compromise on migrant policy just three months after the coalition took office. Merkel is at odds with Interior Minister Horst Seehofer of the Christian Social Union over his master plan for migration.
In particular, a plan to allow migrants to be rejected at Germany's border if they've already registered in other European Union states to the south. Merkel remains convinced that a European solution is needed, and that the continent shouldn't act in an uncoordinated way. Lawmakers say Seehofer may defy Merkel by going ahead with his plan next week without her agreement.
If he does, the challenge could force her to fire him or lead her Christian Democrats to split up the alliance with the CSU. That could potentially bring down the coalition. However the Bavarian party moved swiftly on Friday to deny it planned to dissolve the alliance after a report to that effect appeared on a hoax Twitter account.
Germany's headache came as Italy and France tried to patch up their dispute over the Aquarius. French President Emmanuel Macron met with Italy's new Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte in Paris on Friday, where they would sit to discuss new initiatives on immigration.