Angela Merkel's coalition rebel Horst Seehofer left out in the cold

Angela Merkel delivers a speech at the German parliament Bundestag

A clash that lasted weeks ended in an uneasy truce late Monday when Merkel and her party, the Christian Democrats (CDU), reached a compromise on Germany's immigration policy with partner Christian Social Union (CSU).

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer offered to quit his cabinet post and the chairmanship of Bavaria's Christian Social Union (CSU) at a party meeting on Sunday. Ahead of a hard Bavarian state election in October, the CSU is determined to show it's tough on migration.

Ms Merkel circulated a document to her coalition after the summit saying that 14 countries had agreed "on a political level" to take back some migrants who had passed through other European Union countries on their way to Germany.

Merkel has faced a strong backlash, and been weakened at the polls, over her 2015 decision to keep open German borders to a mass influx of migrants, many from war-torn Syria, that led to more than one million arrivals. Seehofer said the matter was also affecting the "credibility" of his role as party leader and is planning to give a statement to CSU leaders, party sources said.

CDU general secretary Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said earlier that party leaders were "united" behind Merkel and "effective, humane solutions together with our European partners".

At the same, for political opponents, the uneasy aftermath of Merkel's standoff with Seehofer hardly represented a change from a new coalition defined by frequent stalemates and infighting.

The threat - and Seehofer's subsequent warning he may resign - had raised the spectre of an imminent break in the seven-decade-long partnership between their conservative CDU and CSU parties.

"In the interest of this country, the government's ability to act and of the governing coalition, which we would like to maintain", Seehofer told reporters Sunday, "we would like to try to reach an agreement on this central question of border control and rejections at the border". "The sum total of everything we've agreed on is the same as what the CSU wants", the chancellor told broadcaster ZDF the next day.




"Now we have a tenable clear agreement for the future". "That is why the unified action of Europe is so important to me".

But he also struck a conciliatory tone, saying "there is an abundance of possibilities ... for compromises", without specifying what they were.

Mrs Merkel got backing from both the CDU and CSU at a parliamentary meeting on Monday.

Bavaria's CSU Prime Minister Markus Söder said "we're ready for compromises" and "for us now there is no exit from the government".

A coalition of the Social Democrats, the Christian Democrats and the CSU must accept the new accord before it can go into affect.

"The CSU's risky ego trip is paralyzing Germany and Europe", SPD chairwoman Andrea Nahles told journalists in Berlin.

However, she said on her way into the discussions with her party in Berlin yesterday afternoon that she had taken the CSU's issue into account.

But SPD leader Andrea Nahles warned that "my patience has worn thin".

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