President Trump Highlights Detrimental Impact of Migrant Crisis on Europe

Merkel gets extra time to reach deal with EU over asylum row

Merkel gets extra time to reach deal with EU over asylum row

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer is calling for Germany to turn back at its border migrants who have registered as asylum-seekers in other European countries. In his previous job as Bavarian governor, Seehofer was one of the leading critics of Merkel's decision in 2015 to leave Germany's borders open as migrants streamed across the Balkans.

But the crisis shaking the new administration has come from within Merkel's own conservative family, as her interior minister has pushed for Germany to turn back unilaterally some migrants at its border.

"The CDU and the CSU have the common goal of better organizing and steering immigration into our country and significantly reducing the number of people entering this country", she said.

Meanwhile, Mrs Merkel is in a different migration dispute with her interior minister, Horst Seehofer.

Germany's migration row mirrors squalls seen across Europe since Merkel's decision in 2015 to open Germany's borders to more than a million migrants fleeing wars in the Middle East, transforming the demographic landscape nearly overnight.

It came after intense disagreement with the two over Germany's migration policy looked as if it threatened to topple the coalition government and Mrs Merkel's premiership.

While Trump's assessment of Germany's crime problems is not accurate - as crime numbers in the country are the lowest since 1992, according to the most recent German data available - the brutal murder of a 14-year-old German girl has fuelled Merkel's opponents who are against the country's migration policies that provide entry to some 10,000 asylum-seekers each month.


In a tweet he said that migrants in Europe were responsible for a rise in crime in Germany and for violently changing the culture. Also, crimes by non-German suspects fell by 22 percent in 2017.

"This is a European challenge that also needs a European solution", the chancellor said in her weekly podcast. "But just remember, a country without borders is not a country at all".

Her position as chancellor is now in question, but it remains unclear precisely how the situation will develop.

White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley echoed the president's argument in an interview with FOX Monday, contrasting the permanent separation caused when a loved one is killed to the "temporary separation of families".

As outspoken pro-Europeans, Merkel and Macron both face harsh opposition from nationalist and right-wing populist forces at home, and in the governments of Italy, Austria and several eastern European countries.

In an editorial for German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), Seehofer said he hoped the European Union summit later this month would "finally reach agreements acknowledging Germany's [refugee] burden, ensure the effective protection of the EU's external borders, the fair distribution of people with the right to stay and the rapid deportation of those without".

The European Commission has voiced confidence that EU leaders could agree at a summit next week on handling migrants and refugees, but some diplomats were much less optimistic.

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