Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Pressure grows on Merkel to tighten refugee policies

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaking to President Donald Trump during the second day of the G7 meeting in Canada That G7 photo: Who’s trumping whom? It’s perspective, stupid
Kenny Thornton | 14 June, 2018, 21:35

Seehofer has always been harshly critical of Merkel's decision to open German borders in mid-2015 to a mass influx of over one million asylum seekers, although the government has sharply restricted entries since.

Echoing Merkel's sentiments, French President Emmanuel Macron's office said that "international cooperation can not depend on fits of anger and a few words", according to a statement published by French public broadcaster RFI. "I am happy about the cooperation that we want to develop between Rome, Vienna and Berlin".

Germany should ally itself with Austria and Italy on migration and security policies, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said on Wednesday, a shift that could prove uncomfortable for Chancellor Angela Merkel.

"We must decide who comes to Europe, not the smugglers", said Kurz, who is due to meet with Seehofer on Wednesday.

Although Trump and Kudlow have since claimed Trudeau "stabbed us in the back" and was the reason for the U-turn, it is Trump's actions that other G7 leaders appeared to find frustrating. Salvini, who also leads the far-right Lega party, caused a diplomatic and humanitarian crisis this week after he turned away a rescue boat carrying over 600 migrants ― leaving it in limbo until Spain agreed to accept the vessel. He also caused controversy earlier this year when he renamed his position of interior minister ― a powerful role in German politics ― to that of homeland minister, a term that has Nazi-era connotations in Germany.

But Merkel is under domestic pressure to pursue a more restrictive immigration policy, including from within her own government.

They told conservative lawmakers Tuesday they would try to negotiate a solution "in the coming days", participants who attended the meeting told AFP.

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He has said he believes that his proposed measures are "necessary" to restore "order in Germany" and that he would not "publish a half-baked plan with lazy compromises".

The last parliamentary election in Germany took place in September 2017.

"We won't give in!" he told Bild newspaper. But Seehofer is reported to have told her that as the European Union had failed to forge a common policy since the refugee crisis erupted three summers ago, it was hardly credible to think it would succeed by the end of the month.

Within Merkel's CDU party too, some are openly championing Seehofer's vision, including Saxony state premier Michael Kretschmer.

"We need a real European border police that can act if necessary even if it displeases one of the (EU) states with external borders".

Merkel was confronted with an open rebellion by her hardline Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, long a fierce critic of her liberal stance on refugees who wants to toughen border controls.

Merkel now faces intense pressure to get deals with European Union partners by the summit.

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