On Monday, a potential crisis was averted after Interior Minister Horst Seehofer and his Bavaria-only Christian Social Union agreed to give Merkel two weeks to make deals with other European countries on migrants - specifically after the upcoming EU summit.
Seehofer, who heads one of three parties in Merkel's coalition, defied the chancellor with plans to order migrants turned away from Germany's borders as soon as Monday.
The defiance by Merkel's smaller, more conservative Bavarian sister party is still a blow to the chancellor and will further embolden the hard-line stances of countries such as Hungary, Italy and Austria. The training obtained nearly 13% of votes in last September elections and entered for first time in Bundestag, where it occupies 92 seats.
On Sunday night on Monday, Merkel had met with her collaborators during a seven-hour meeting.
But Merkel says Seehofer's unilateral measure would leave countries at the EU's southern periphery alone to deal with the influx. Asked recently whether she and her party can continue to lead the country through to its 2021 mandate and whether she is in full control, she said: "Yes to both", according to ABC News.
There is, she insisted, "nothing automatic" about what happens next. Merkel said she will have to discuss "what is important for others; I can't say today what that is".
Conte's own anti-establishment government had a separate dispute with French President Emmanuel Macron earlier in the week after Italy's anti-immigration interior minister, Matteo Salvini, refused to allow a ship carrying more than 600 migrants and operated by a charity organization to dock at an Italian port.
"An important part of the masterplan is the possibility of turning people back at the border", Soeder told reporters ahead of the meeting in Munich.
"We won't accept that the Schengen system is given up on the Belgian, Dutch and the French and Luxembourg western borders", said Armin Laschet, the conservative governor of Germany's most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia. "But we stand by our position that, if this does not succeed, turning people back immediately at the border must be possible". They include a deadly 2016 Christmas market attack by a failed Tunisian asylum seeker and the rape-murder in May of a teenage girl, allegedly by an Iraqi.
Merkel opposes the proposal that comes from a party facing a tough vote in its home base in Bavaria in October against a resurgent far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD), which has advocated harsh anti-immigration line.
As interior minister, Seehofer has drawn up a 63-point plan for tackling migration to Germany.
Seehofer and Merkel have long had an awkward relationship.