Published: Tue, June 19, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

President Trump Highlights Detrimental Impact of Migrant Crisis on Europe

President Trump Highlights Detrimental Impact of Migrant Crisis on Europe

German Chancellor Angela Merkel could soon be "heading home as a private citizen" due to conservative pushback over the country's lax immigration and border security policies, columnist Tom Rogan explained Monday.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Bavarian allies agreed to give her two weeks' breathing space yesterday (18 June) to find a European solution to a row over immigration that threatens to scupper her three-month-old coalition government.

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

Seehofer reportedly said he would only start turning away all migrants who have registered elsewhere if no solution is found at the European Union level.

Merkel, arguing that the issue must be resolved at the European Union level, has pledged to reach deals with transit and arrival countries in the narrow two-week window ending with the Brussels summit.

Additionally, it was the Trump administration that made a decision to separate children from their families as part of its "zero tolerance" immigration policy that criminally prosecutes parents if they illegally cross the U.S. -Mexico border.

She has pledged instead to seek bilateral agreements with arrival and transit countries and a wider solution by the European Union, which holds its next summit on June 28-29, while admitting that this plan is "ambitious".

In a series of Twitter posts, Trump falsely claimed that crime in Germany is on the rise, and railed against immigration policies in Europe, even as his own policies at home face bipartisan criticism about the separation of children from parents when they are stopped at USA borders. It was supposed to be put before the Cabinet last week, but Merkel refused to approve the point about turning back people at the borders.

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Trump , said Sunday: "She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart". The statement parroted the defense of the policy repeatedly used by President Donald Trump in recent days.

"We are opening a new chapter", Merkel said after talks with Macron on European reform ahead of a June 28-29 EU summit. More than 1 million migrants came to Germany in 2015 and 2016, though numbers have since dropped sharply.

"No one in the CSU has an interest in bringing down the chancellor, dissolving the CDU-CSU joint parliamentary group, or blowing up the coalition", Seehofer was quoted as telling the Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

He said he had only recently learnt that migrants who had already been denied asylum by Germany or been issued re-entry bans were still being allowed back in.

Trump's criticism and Seehofer's insubordination might strengthen Merkel's hand and bring the European Union closer to a common policy on migration and refugees.

Merkel's talks on Monday evening with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte could prove crucial, if she is to have any chance of finding concordance in Brussels.

"Germany also has a head of government", he said of Merkel, saying it was she who was "responsible before her people and her parliament".

"The overwhelming majority of the German population supports this idea and this concept, and that's why we want to provide support today for implementing it", he said.

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