> He doesn't thing they're tough enough. But the key detail is that Seehofer is not only the interior minister, but he's also the chairman of a political party allied to Merkel that she depends on to keep her coalition government afloat.
That's him there on Merkel's right. A source says Seehofer didn't agree with EU immigration proposals Merkel brought back with her from a summit of heads of state last week.>>
They're called the Christian social union from Bavaria and if they split, so might Merkel's job. Details of the immigration proposals are scarce, we know they'd create, quote, controlled centers across Europe to process requests for asylum more quickly and reportedly deport those who don't qualify. Those who do qualify would be shared by EU countries on a voluntary basis.
Separately, Merkel's also pushing for one on one deals with some EU countries to send migrants back to them if they passed through on their way to Germany's borders. These proposals are all a tougher line than the chancellor's taken in the past. Seehofer would rather turn back some migrants right at the border, but polls show voters in Bavaria seem to agree with Merkel more than him, so if his party splits, it could bring down her government.
It could also be their own act of political suicide.