Merkel, Macron agree on euro zone budget

Marco Green
June 20, 2018

In the high stakes summit, she seeks an EU-wide deal which would see the responsibility of handling asylum seekers spread more evenly throughout the bloc.

The facts: Here's what Mr. Trump got right: Angela Merkel's coalition is fragile, and may soon unravel due to her immigration policies.

By 2017 those numbers had dropped to pre-crisis levels even though almost a million asylum seekers had settled in Germany and continue to live in the country.

The CSU, anxious about losing votes to a new right-wing party in an October regional election, wants a ban on admitting asylum seekers into Germany who have already registered in another European Union country.

Three years after her decision to open Germany's borders to migrants fleeing war in Syria and Iraq and misery elsewhere, Merkel is still struggling to find a sustainable response to complaints from the CSU, her Bavarian allies, over her refugee policy.

With neither leader budging, the conflict escalated over the weekend, leading to fears that the government would collapse. The efficiency of budget as a stabilizing element will depend in part on final amount agreed by euro countries. Seehofer has given Merkel a two-week deadline, until July 1, to make deals on migrants with other European countries.

On Monday, the European Union asylum office said the number of people applying for global protection in Europe has plunged but remains higher than before 2015.

Addressing reporters in Berlin after her meeting, Merkel called the dispute "a very hard situation" but insisted that "the CDU and the CSU have the common goal of improving regulation of migration in our country".

A recent Forsa survey showed that Merkel is still popular among Germans, with about a 50 percent approval ratings.

"The people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition", Trump wrote.

Trump stated wrongly that "crime in Germany is way up" as a result of the arrival of migrants, much as he has linked illegal immigration to crime in the United States.

The most recent migration crisis began in 2015 when a record 1.33 million people applied for asylum in the European Union, many of whom had made the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean fleeing conflict and poverty in their homelands.

"Seehofer's version is all about restoring law and order at the border".

Merkel's ruling coalition has fractured over a new proposed policy that would turn away more asylum seekers at the country's borders.

In opposing Merkel on immigration, the CSU may have a bigger aim, Mayer warns: "Arguably, their real motivation is to push Chancellor Merkel out of her office".

Macron sees this issue eye to eye with Chancellor Merkel.

Polls suggest that its absolute majority in the Bavarian state legislature is in danger in the October 14 state election because it is being challenged on the right by the far-right, anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany party.

On Tuesday, he doubled down by insisting that crime had climbed more than 10% since Germany allowed in more than a million asylum seekers starting in 2015. The AfD is the largest opposition party in the German Bundestag; surveys show it ranking first in some eastern German regions.

Merkel has had an often-tense history with Seehofer, and their relationship became really hard after Merkel's 2015 decision to keep Germany's borders open as migrants streamed across the Balkans.

Seehofer has been one of the fiercest critics of Merkel's liberal stance. "These are all questions that we will discuss in the coming months and where we want to work very closely together", Merkel said.

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