Falling German crime stats "speak for themselves"

Posted June 20, 2018

"He can fix it tomorrow if he wants to, and if he doesn't want to, he should own up to the fact that he's doing it", Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said in a prepared statement.

Dr Merkel, under pressure at home where her conservatives are divided on how to curb migrant arrivals, said she was optimistic her government and Parliament would back the euro zone reforms.

Merkel is reportedly aiming to negotiate individual deals with Germany's neighbors to allow Berlin to refuse refugees who have already been registered in another European Union country.

'This kind of has the potential to diminish the authority of her and Horts Seehofer and it could well be that at the end of next week we have a new situation'.

Many in Brussels see the keys for a solution in Paris and Berlin and to whether they will be ready and able to formulate a joint inclusive initiative which will also reflect the interests of other member states and can be a basis to progress.

Merkel herself has come a long way since the fall of 2015 when she said that there was no legal limit to the number of people who have a right to asylum and told Germans that "we will manage" the challenge of integrating migrants, many of them from war-torn countries like Syria and Afghanistan.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been been given a two-week deadline by her ultra-conservative coalition partner on Monday to adopt stricter migration and asylum rules in agreement with other European Union member states.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron attend a bilateral meeting at the German government guesthouse Meseberg Palace in Meseberg, Germany, June 19, 2018.

Continuing on his anti-migrant tirade, Trump also said that crime in Germany was "way up" and called EU's immigration policy a "big mistake".

Merkel is now locked in a stand-off with her party's Bavarian allies - the Christian Social Union, led by Interior Minister Horst Seehofer - over the government's migration policy.

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".

Though Merkel had been lukewarm on Macron's idea of a European budget, in a declaration adopted by both leaders following the meeting they said they had agreed upon a proposal to establish one aimed at "competitiveness and convergence".

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"We are convinced that Germany needs a reversal in its asylum policy", said Markus Soder, a member of Seehofer's party and the governor of Bavaria.

Daily newspaper Bild reported the CSU would give Merkel two weeks until the EU summit to get a European solution before defying her and enforcing Seehofer's plan.

At the weekend, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire and his German counterpart Olaf Scholz met in Hamburg to try to resolve much of the nitty-gritty before Merkel and Macron meet.

Germans are "turning against their leadership" over migration, Trump said. That route has since been closed under a 2016 deal Turkey-EU deal.

Germany's political crisis over immigration is reaching a peak even as a similar crisis is mounting in the United States.

"And how we can, if necessary, already carry out asylum-related proceedings there".

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