Emergency meeting on migration to be held Sunday in Brussels amid rising tensions between Merkel and CSU politicians

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Disagreements about migration policy in Berlin’s governing coalition continue to escalate this week, leading Chancellor Angela Merkel to urge President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker to call for a mini-summit on migration on Sunday, ahead of the bigger EU council summit taking place on Thursday and Friday. We speak with Jeremy Cliffe, Berlin Bureau Chief for The Economist, about how Merkel is attempting to balance the conflicts facing her in Berlin and abroad.

Describing the meeting on Sunday as an “informal gathering” of the major western countries involved in the refugee influx to discuss issues like tighter European border controls and migration distribution, Cliffe explains why the issue of migration is putting Merkel in a tough position with her sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), and what this may mean for the future of Merkel’s government. As to what Merkel can hope to gain from this weekend’s meeting or the larger EU summit, Cliffe remains cautious: “I don’t think she is going to reach a comprehensive, final solution…I think the best she can hope for are the outlines of both a long-term and medium-term solution.”