German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended her way of managing the migration crisis at the annual congress of her key political ally, the Christian Social Union (CSU), rejecting proposals to limit the number of asylum-seekers entering the country.
In his speech, the Chancellor insisted on an international solution to the migration crisis, ie a long-term reduction in the number of migrants.
"This overwhelming challenge must be addressed in a way that does not harm the European Union. If we want to do so, we must make every effort to find a European, international solution, "Merkel said before more than the 1000 delegate gathered in Muenchen.
Merkel, among other things, proposed the protection of the EU's external borders and Turkey's agreement on legal migration.
"This is the right way to reduce the number of refugees, not the introduction of a national limit, which will enable us to act in the interests of all," she added.
Bavarian Prime Minister and CSU leader Horst Seehofer again put forward a proposal on a limited number of migrants who could enter Germany before her speech.
"Whatever they look at, there is no other way than determining the limit or the limit for accepting migrants," Seehofer said. CSU delegates voted earlier on Friday to introduce restrictions on migrants' acceptance, but did not say what the number would be.
Speaking immediately after Merkel, he remained constrained.
"We firmly believe that with such a huge, historical challenge of integrating refugees in our country, we will not have people's consent in the long run if we do not agree on the limitation for refugee immigration," Seehofer said, earning a big applause.
The decision of the chancellor in September to open the German border for migrants fleeing the conflicts in Africa and the Middle East or in search of a better life caused a shake in relations with the coalition partner CSU.
In recent weeks, Germany has entered the 10.000 migrants daily. Bavaria is particularly hit by a large number of migrants coming from southern Europe to the West. According to Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann, since the beginning of the year more than 900.000 migrants came to Germany.
Seehofer has repeatedly called Merkel's "open hand" policy for refugees a "mistake". The governments of the federal states, as well as the volunteers, warn that their resources are overburdened and "sneeze-through".
Coalition of CDU and CSU has lately been declining in support of public opinion polls. In Bavaria, the anti-immigrant party Alternative for Germany is increasingly strengthened. Popularity Merkel suffered a tough hit because of the migration crisis. In April, the 75 percent of Germans thought it was doing their job well. In the research of Infratesta last week, this was thought only of 49 percent.