Merkel and Macron propose eurozone budget

She noted that formulating a joint European Union asylum policy was hard.

Another poll released Friday found that 66 percent of respondents are in favor of a European solution to the refugee issue, promoted by Chancellor Merkel.

In this Wednesday, June 13, 2018 photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, talks to Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, left, prior to the weekly cabinet meeting at the chancellery in Berlin.

"Secondary movements of asylum seekers between Member States put the integrity of the Asylum System severely at risk".

Although the number of newly arriving migrants continues to fall across Europe, Germany is still struggling to process the almost 1.4 million people, many of them Muslims fleeing conflict in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, who arrived three years ago.

Addressing reporters in Berlin after her meeting, Merkel called the dispute "a very hard situation" but insisted that "the CDU and the CSU have the common goal of improving regulation of migration in our country".

Seehofer, who took on the interior ministry portfolio less than 100 days ago, said he had only recently learned that migrants who had already been denied asylum by Germany and been issued re-entry bans were still being allowed back in. Many still often go north, including to Germany.

Macron past year outlined his vision for a stronger, more united Europe as a forceful reply to what was known as the National Front, a far-right party he defeated at the polls.

"The people are running out of patience", he told Bild daily.

Merkel has faced opposition at home for a decision in 2015 to open Germany's borders to hundreds of thousands of migrants, mostly Middle Eastern asylum seekers who crossed by sea from Turkey to Greece and overland through the Balkans.

The leaders met to prepare for a summit of European Union leaders on June 28-29, with Mr Macron keen to push through wide-ranging reforms to strengthen the euro zone and insulate the single currency union from future crises, while Dr Merkel has been more cautious.

The CSU hopes its tough line will help it see off a challenge from the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in wealthy Bavaria's October election. The AfD that swept into Parliament past year on a wave of anti-migrant sentiment is staging a march Sunday through the heart of Berlin to protest against the government.

NELSON: The interior minister and his party, which is facing a major challenge from far-right populists in upcoming regional elections, say they will unilaterally prevent migrants from crossing Bavaria's worldwide borders if Berlin doesn't act.

For Merkel, in power for over 12 years, the stakes could not be higher as she leads an uneasy coalition government with a narrow majority that took half a year to cobble together. It threatens to topple the government and potentially end the political career of Chancellor Angela Merkel.

She has also rejected her minister's threat in a bid to reaffirm that she holds the reins when it comes to government policies.

Trump chimed into the debate with a Twitter taunt Monday, charging that "the people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition".

German media was quick to respond.


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