Trump insists crime rising in Germany, questioning official data
Jun 20 2018 by Lorena Waters
"We do not want adults to bring children into this country unlawfully either, placing them at risk", he said.
She would have to fire him, he would pull his party out of government, and Ms. Merkel would no longer have a majority in parliament. Federal Interior Ministry data shows the number of new arrivals in Germany seeking asylum fell 33 percent on the year to 186,000 in 2017, down from 280,000 the previous year and 890,000 in 2015, at the peak of the migrant crisis.
While his party supports a European solution, he added, he wants to be ready to begin turning back any migrant whose asylum process is pending in another European Union country, or who has been registered as arriving there. If Mr. Seehofer maintains his stance, it would set in motion a chain of events that would topple her from power.
"We don't want what is happening with immigration in Europe to happen with us!"
On migration, Merkel's insistence on finding common European solutions to reducing migrant numbers and other issues has met stiff resistance in her own conservative bloc, leading to a showdown over the last week with her interior minister who has insisted some categories of migrants should be turned away at Germany's borders.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is given 2-week deadline by her coalition partners, the Christian Social Union, over stricter migration and asylum rules.
Seehofer, leader of the CSU, which formed a coalition with Merkel's CDU party, said he wanted to shut the borders to all asylum seekers who have already been registered in other European Union countries en route to Germany.
But Mrs Merkel opposed to this move, claiming Germany will follow the EU's immigration laws.
Germany's interior minister and a senior leader of the Bavarian CSU party is Horst Seehofer.
Merkel said she will hold talks at and around an upcoming European Union summit and report back to her own conservative party July 1.
Almost 2000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May after Attorney-General Jeff Sessions announced the new "zero-tolerance" policy that refers all cases of illegal entry for criminal prosecution.
The CSU is more conservative than Merkel's CDU and its paramount aim is to maintain its dominance in Bavaria.
In that scenario, Merkel could lead a minority government with the third party in the coalition, the Social Democrats (SPD), or call fresh elections that would likely benefit only the AfD, he said. "A much faster turnaround on asylum seekers", Kelly told National Public Radio during a controversial interview in which he argued that undocumented migrants would not be able to easily assimilate into American society because "they don't have skills".
The declaration highlighted the success of 2016 EU-Turkey deal in countering irregular refugee flows, and suggested developing cooperation and partnerships with origin and transit countries to avoid departures to Europe and fight illegal migration.
"Make no mistake, the euro desperately needs revamping", Philippe Legrain, a former adviser to the European Commission president and a senior visiting fellow at the London School of Economics' European Institute wrote of the reforms.
Germany's political crisis over immigration is reaching a peak even as a similar crisis is mounting in the United States.