Migration fight shakes German govt as Merkel, ally face off

Howard TerryJun 19, 2018

Merkel also distanced herself from plans of turning away migrants at the border, saying that such a move "could lead to negative domino effects" in Europe.

Merkel said she wants a bilateral agreement at an European Union summit, but Horst Seehofer, the CSU interior minister, has given her an ultimatum of next Monday to change course.

Merkel is under pressure at home where her conservatives are divided on how to curb migrant arrivals, and the dispute could further dampen her will to make far-reaching concessions to Macron on the euro zone.

US President Donald Trump has launched another attack on one of America's allies, this time, Germany is his target as he tweeted "the people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition".

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US President Donald Trump, defending his own tough anti-immigrant polices, waded into Germany's debate on Monday with a series of tweets criticising Merkel's open-border policy as a "big mistake" that had fuelled crime in Europe.

On July 1, after the completion of a two-day European Union summit, Merkel will meet with the CDU executive to discuss next steps, the chancellor said Monday.

In September a year ago, Mrs Merkel narrowly secured a fourth term as Chancellor, as her party suffered their worst electoral performance since the war and the populist, anti-mass migration Alternative for Germany (AfD) secured 13 percent of the vote and entered the legislature for the first time.

German Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer, who heads Bavaria's Christian Social Union (CSU), insists the chancellor reach a deal by the end of this month with EU governments facilitating the return of migrants to those countries where they were first registered.

"No one in the CSU is interested in bringing the chancellor down, or dissolving the CDU/CSU parliamentary partnership or destroying the coalition", Seehofer told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper, adding that he did not want the asylum row to endanger the coalition government which is less than 100 days old. Instead, she wants to find a common European solution at the EU summit in Brussels.

In her fourth term at the helm of Europe's largest economy, Merkel made it clear that she has no intention of being pushed around after an internal power struggle over immigration escalated into a threat to her government.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a news conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg after a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Friday, June 15, 2018.

The spat over immigration has laid bare the deep tensions in a fractious German government that took office only in March, after almost six months of postelection haggling, and exposed the limits of Merkel's authority.

Merkel said she will hold talks on bilateral agreements with other European countries at and around a June 28-29 EU summit.

The president falsely claimed that crime in Germany is "is way up" and said migrants "have so strongly and violently changed their culture", a phenomenon he said is generating backlash overseas.

But Merkel is firmly opposed, warning that it would leave countries at the EU's geographic southern periphery alone to deal with the migrant influx. It is historic, with some countries the most risky places in the world.

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