>> Germany's government has survived a fight over migration that had threatened to bring it down. Parties in the ruling coalition have now reached an agreement on how to deal with migrants at their border. The crisis was focused on asylum seekers who have already registered in other EU states.
Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, leader of Merkel's conservative Bavarian allies had threatened to turn them back defying the Chancellor. So to save her coalition, Merkel who favors an open border approach has had to convince her partners that she has a way to control the flow. The two page agreement says Germany will now speed up the process of returning migrants.
Asylum seekers will be processed within 48 hours in police facilities, but they won't be put in separate transit centers if they cannot be returned to the country where they first applied for asylum. The episode has laid bare the fragility of the German government, and highlighted the threat of future disagreements within the coalition.
Last month, EU leaders agreed there should be a shared effort when it comes to migrants, especially to alleviate the burden on Italy and Greece. Annual arrivals to the EU have dropped sharply after peaking in 2015 at over one million people, many of them fleeing Syria's war. The German coalition has vowed to push ahead with an immigration law before the end of the year.