Germany's Merkel seeks European solution to migrant dispute

Merkel's refugee policy has led to more than 1.6 million migrants arriving in Germany in the last three years

The size of the fund remains unclear, however, with Germany resisting the hundreds of billions of euros sought by France.

Both Macron and Merkel highlighted the need for the EU's external borders to be strengthened by boosting the so-called Frontex border and coast-guard agency.

The Bavarian governor said that he would welcome a "truly effective European regulation" but warned against delaying the matter with a superficial and non-binding resolution at the June EU summit.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel faced a tense showdown yesterday (14 June) within her divided conservative camp over the flashpoint issue of immigration that could threaten her political future. Find us on Facebook too!

He followed it up with a tweet saying: "We don't want what is happening with immigration in Europe to happen with us!".

"Crime in Germany is up 10% plus (officials do not want to report these crimes) since migrants were accepted", Trump tweeted.

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer of the CSU has been one of the fiercest critics of Merkel's liberal stance that allowed a million asylum seekers into Germany since 2015.

Seehofer has been calling for Germany to turn back migrants previously registered as asylum-seekers in other European countries.

Seehofer wants Germany to have the right to reject migrants who have already registered in another European Union state but Merkel opposes any unilateral move by him that would reverse her 2015 open-door policy and undermine her authority.

NELSON: She said it's vital to know what will happen to any migrants barred from entering Germany so they don't end up back here.

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

The topic of migration has been an Achilles' heel for Merkel. We must always do more to fight criminality.

But he was long left waiting for a response from Berlin as Merkel, weakened by poor September election results, was occupied by half a year of arduous coalition talks.

On Tuesday, she will huddle with French President Emmanuel Macron.

While Merkel would welcome a reprieve from an immediate crisis in her coalition, she is still under intense pressure to deliver a deal with European Union partners who are deeply divided.

Germany and other northern European states have baulked at Macron's calls to give the eurozone its own big budget, fearing the more fiscally prudent north will have to pick up the tab for overspending by the more profligate south.

Paris and Berlin are also discussing ways to turn the European Stability Mechanism into a more potent firefighter akin to a European IMF, and how to create greater defence cooperation. Even with a sharp decline in the numbers crossing to Europe over the Mediterranean, migration has surged to the top of the political agenda, with the proliferation of unilateral measures fraying the bonds of European Union unity.

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