Merkel responds to Trump claims: German crime stats 'speak for themselves'

Germany: Merkel Struggles With Immigration Policy

Germany: Merkel Struggles With Immigration Policy

Speaking after the CSU agreed to give Merkel two weeks to find a European solution to the immigration issue, Curio said Germany should deport migrants who have registered elsewhere and those who have come via safe third countries while it should be more rigorous in deporting those who are obliged to leave. But both parties agreed Monday to postpone a final decision.

"A new chapter opened for the Europe Union and for Franco-German cooperation today", Mrs Merkel said. Although Trump has claimed that migrants cause crime in Europe, 2016 statistics from Germany revealed that there were almost 1,000 crimes targeting migrants at asylum and refugee centers.

"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. She said euro zone reform was the toughest issue in their talks.

Her hardline interior minister Horst Seehofer on Monday gave her a two-week ultimatum to reach such European Union deals, threatening he would otherwise defy her and shutter German borders to these migrants, a move that would likely end their coalition. 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.

Bavaria is holding a regional election in October, and the governing CSU fears that it will lose votes to the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.

Far from hiding the numbers, Germany's Interior Minister Thomas De Maiziere held a news conference on the statistics. "The party executive believes that rejecting people at the border is an indispensable part of the reorganization of the asylum system".

During bilateral talks at Meseberg castle in Germany, outside Berlin, President Emmanuel Macron and Chancellor Angela Merkel outlined the points in which they reached consensus.

The leaders of Germany and France have announced plans on Tuesday to strengthen the European Union's (EU) capabilities in addressing global security challenges and the refugee crisis. While Paris tends to support more pooling of resources, Berlin, ever wary of a "transfer union" that would force German taxpayers to fund others deficits', pushes back.

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The Trump administration has adopted a "zero tolerance" policy toward anyone caught crossing the United States border. Kansas GOP Senator Pat Roberts said he is "against using parental separation as a deterrent to illegal immigration".

On Monday the foreign affairs minister, SPD lawmaker Heiko Maas, tweeted a strong defense of Merkel and a Europe-wide response to migration: "The EU stands for a promise that has made Europe a place of longing worldwide".

He once more defended the administration's stance on Tuesday, tweeting: "We must always arrest people coming into our Country illegally."

"This is not about buying time", Seehofer said of the agreement reached with the chancellor.

She added that "Italy is especially hard hit because of Libya", now the main gateway for African migrants.

According to the Institute for Human Rights in Berlin, Seehofer's proposals violate Germany's European and human-rights obligations.

"Such platforms should provide for rapid processing to distinguish between economic migrants and those in need of worldwide protection, and reduce the incentive to embark on perilous journeys", the draft statement said.

On Tuesday, he doubled down by insisting that crime had climbed more than 10% since Germany allowed in more than a million asylum seekers starting in 2015.

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