German, French leaders meet to mold plans for EU's future

Nellie Chapman
June 20, 2018

President Trump is pointing to Europe's massive migrant crisis as the reason open border policies do not work.

On Monday, the President tweeted that crime in Germany was "way up" and that "people in Germany are turning against their leadership".

Dr Merkel said euro zone reform was the toughest issue in their talks at her Meseberg retreat outside Berlin, where they also touched on European foreign and defence policy and immigration.

France's President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday won German Chancellor Angela Merkel's backing for reforms aimed at bolstering the eurozone against crises, including a vaunted budget for the bloc.

"We want euro zone budget to strengn investment, with aim of tending to convergence in eurozone", Merkel said at post-four-hour press conference.

But she reiterated her opposition to Germany unilaterally closing its borders as this would pass the migrant burden on to neighboring countries, "unleashing undesired domino effects".

Merkel's talks later Monday with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in Germany could prove crucial if she is to have any chance of forging an agreement in Brussels.

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".

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, who heads Bavaria's Christian Social Union party, insists the chancellor reach a deal by the end of June with European Union governments facilitating the return of migrants to those countries where they were first registered.

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Some European sources earlier reported that the leaders of the 28 EU member-states were to discuss setting up centers to receive asylum seekers in the neighboring countries to ensure the organized entry to the EU for individuals who will be granted asylum. Merkel isn't against a stricter border regime, but wants this to be part of a European agreement, which she hopes to achieve at an EU summit at the end of this month.

He then declared crime in Germany is "way up", despite statistics showing crime there is at its lowest point since 1992. "Big mistake made all over Europe in allowing millions of people in who have so strongly and violently changed their culture!"

Merkel and Seehofer both argue that the law is on their side.

German news agency dpa reports that Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has told his party he wants to proceed step-by-step in his plan to turn back some migrants at the country's borders - hinting at a compromise in a dispute with Chancellor Angela Merkel.

But Merkel says Seehofer's unilateral measure would leave countries at the EU's southern periphery alone to deal with the influx.

Over the weekend Seehofer had signalled he would hold off on implementing the measure until after an European Union summit on migration and asylum policy that is scheduled for the end of the month.

The European Commission said on Monday it was confident that EU leaders could agree at a summit next week on handling migrants and refugees, but some diplomats were much less optimistic.

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.

He said the European Union now faced a "civilisational choice" between those who would allow Europe to "unravel" and "those who believe, as we do, that we can move Europe forward by making it both more sovereign and united".

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