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European Union leaders to discuss migration reform concept at June 28-29 summit

July 16 2018, 04:39 | Irvin Gilbert

Members said Mr Seehofer would defy Merkel on Monday if no compromise has been reached by then and go ahead with the plans alone

Members said Mr Seehofer would defy Merkel on Monday if no compromise has been reached by then and go ahead with the plans alone

In a string of tweets defending USA policy, Trump aimed a highly intrusive attack at German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is fighting to save her coalition government amid demands by her interior minister to turn immigrants away.

US President Donald Trump has weighed in on the immigration debate in Germany, saying that "the people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition".

Following days of tense talks over the "migration master plan" of Horst Seehofer, the German Interior Minister, Merkel was given until an European Union summit later this month to find a solution, also giving her time to consult other countries affected by the move such as Italy, Greece and Bulgaria.

NELSON: At her own news conference, Merkel said she agrees the asylum process needs to be streamlined.

Amid a flurry of national and global criticism for separating children from parents who cross the U.S. -Mexico border illegally, Trump on Monday sought to justify the harsh methods by pointing to problems with migration in Europe.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gestures as she welcomes representatives of the European Round Table of Industrialists in Meseberg.

This would meet a demand Germany's hardline Interior Minister Horst Seehofer made forcefully last week, spelling a political crisis for Dr Merkel.

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But they differ on its make-up, and Merkel faces the restraint that the German parliament must debate and vote on any military mission overseas.

The survey found that 62 percent of respondents were in favor of turning back undocumented migrants at the border, in line with the stance of Seehofer who is openly challenging Merkel.

It also found that two-thirds of all Germans believe that the CSU has only instigated this dispute as an election campaign tactic, in order to steal votes from the populist party Alternative for Germany (AfD) ahead of the October state election in Bavaria.

Crime is actually down in Germany, but Trump has repeatedly stoked crime fears to advance his anti-immigration agenda. - The level of crime in Germany increased dramatically.

While several high-profile crimes by migrants have fueled public anger in Germany, which has admitted more than one million asylum seekers since 2015, the country's crime rate is at its lowest since 1992, according to official figures released last month. "Pleasure", added the broadcaster. In 2017 alone, crime fell by 9.6 percent. Merkel agreed to the timeframe (if not committing to a solution) and announced that she will report back on July 1st.

Trump has sought to use the widespread outrage over the family separations to push through other immigration priorities that have stalled in Congress, such as funding for his long-promised wall along the Mexican border. The CSU has already given Merkel some time and has suggested that its plans could be enforced only gradually and for a smaller cohort of immigrants - for example, immigrants whose asylum application has already been rejected in Germany and are looking to apply a second time.

The EASO said in an annual report Monday that just over 728,000 application requests were made for worldwide protection in 2017, compared to nearly 1.3 million applications the previous year.

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