Unapologetic Trump digs in on immigration

Wednesday, 20 Jun, 2018

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

U.S. President Donald Trump blamed migrants in Europe for violently changing the culture and for what he inaccurately described as a rise in crime in Germany as he sought on Monday to defend his administration's widely criticized policy on illegal immigration.

The political crisis in Germany erupted after Seehofer demanded that the German Chancellor agree to European rules on migration, and begin refusing migrants who arrive in other EU countries.

Merkel was due to meet with Italy's newly-minted Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Monday, and the following day with French President Emmanuel Macron.

"We believe that the CDU and the CSU share the common goal to better steer migration into our country and to significantly reduce the number of people arriving here, so that a situation like in 2015 does not and can not be repeated,"said the Chancellor".

"By granting Merkel her two weeks, the CSU is ostensibly making effective bilateral deals their condition for staying in the grand coalition", said Mujtaba Rahman, managing director at Eurasia Group.

Seehofer wants to turn back any refugee who is already registered in another European Union country or who has already applied for asylum in Germany and been refused.

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.

"The German government stands fully behind the Paris climate accord, because ambitious climate policies don't just help limit the worst consequences of climate change, they also offer chances for innovation and therefore growth and prosperity worldwide", she said. He called it a "big mistake" for Europe to admit large numbers of migrants.

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.

Next week, European Union leaders will also agree to look into opening "disembarkation platforms" in regions such as north Africa to decide asylum requests before people get to Europe.

US President Donald Trump doubled down Tuesday on the false assertion that immigration is driving up crime in Germany, casting doubt on the country's official statistics.

Both Merkel and Macron suffer by ir right thrust of an antiimmigration rhetoric and identity essences. The shocking case of a 14-year-old Jewish girl, Susanne Feldman, who was raped and murdered, has provoked alarm, even among supporters of an open immigration policy.

Backing Merkel on the make-or-break migrant issue, he said France and Germany would seek agreements to ensure newcomers whose details were already in European Union databases "can be taken back as quickly as possible to the country where they were registered".

"Turning away migrants at our borders at the heart of Europe will lead to negative domino effects that could hurt Germany and put into question European unity", she has warned. If that were to happen, Mayer says, Merkel would have the authority to fire Seehofer.

With an eye on October's Bavaria state election, the CSU is anxious to assure voters that it has a roadmap to curb the migrant influx.

"So much progress has been made, we can't let all slip away now".

Merkel has come to this weakened summit and under enormous pressure because of fracture of conservative bloc she runs and which forms great coalition of German government along with Social Democrats.