German interior minister offers to resign over migration conflict

He has threatened to turn away some asylum seekers at the German border

German interior minister offers to resign over migration conflict

German Chancellor Angela Merkel of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Federal Minister for Internal Affairs, Horst Seehofer of the Christian Social Union (CSU) | Image: Kay Nietfeld/DPA/PA Images

Germany's Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has offered his resignation after a conflict with Angela Merkel over migration policy, party figures say.

Mr Seehofer has been at odds with the chancellor over her approach to mass migration.

He has threatened to turn away some categories of asylum seekers at the German border, while Mrs Merkel has sought a European solution.

Sources in Mr Seehofer's party - Bavaria's Christian Social Union (CSU) - said he wanted to "step down" as interior minister and chairman of his party, as he enjoys "no support".

The CSU tried for weeks to get Mrs Merkel to agree to reject asylum seekers at the border if they had already registered in other countries or to get a similar deal from the European Union by July 1st.

Mr Seehofer complained in Sunday's closed meeting with party bosses that his conversation with the chancellor had "no effect", sources said.

Germany's DPA news agency reported that some members of Mr Seehofer's party were trying to change his mind on the resignation.

It is not clear what effect Mr Seehofer's resignation could have on Mrs Merkel's government, which has looked increasingly precarious during the three-week stand-off.

The CSU and Mrs Merkel's CDU (Christian Democratic Union) have been allies since 1949 but the CSU faces a state election in Bavaria in October, and its anti-immigration stance is its main campaign platform.