France, Germany agree to set up eurozone budget: Merkel

Pauline Gross
June 20, 2018

Merkel opposes any unilateral move by Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, who is also CSU chairman, that would reverse her 2015 welcoming policy on migrants and undermine her authority.

And 86 percent want faster deportations of rejected asylum seekers, a process now often held up by bureaucratic hurdles and legal challenges, according to the Infratest dimap poll.

Many economists agree with Macron that fundamental reforms are needed to strengthen the eurozone and insulate the single currency - the most potent symbol of Europe's integration - from future crises, like the 2010-13 sovereign debt contagion that almost tore the euro apart.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said it was "not the American president's role to speculate - as he did yesterday - that the German people would march towards the chancellery to remove Mrs Merkel".

But she reiterated her opposition to Germany unilaterally closing its borders as this would pass the migrant burden on to neighboring countries, "unleashing undesired domino effects".

Merkel would still have options if the CSU quit the coalition: Greens leader Annalena Baerbock refused on Monday to rule out replacing the CSU in Merkel's coalition.

Noting in their declaration that "the EU faces existential challenges", the leaders agreed to set up a European border police and to create a European asylum office. If she fails, the CSU vows to break its decades-old alliance with the chancellor's Christian Democrats, which would likely lead to new elections.

Last week, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel admitted in a weekly podcast that the outcome of the row over immigration could be "decisive" for keeping Europe together.

The survey found that 62 percent of respondents were in favor of turning back undocumented migrants at the border, in line with the stance of Seehofer who is openly challenging Merkel. She seeks cooperation with other European Union nations.

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Trump said German Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition looked "tenuous".

Trump stated wrongly that "crime in Germany is way up" as a result of the arrival of migrants, much as he has linked illegal immigration to crime in the United States.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said Monday that more than 5,600 migrants entering Europe through Greece have reached Bosnia and Herzegovina so far this year, compared with 754 in all of 2017.

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.

"If you don't have Borders, you don't have a Country!" That would benefit Germany's far right, just like the immigration issue has in at least a dozen other European countries.

During the short news conference with Merkel in Berlin, Conte said the European Union had to change its position on migration.

"If the Bavarian CSU does not agree to any compromise on migration policy, her current government may fall apart shortly".

Germany, the strongest economy in the 28-nation European Union, was once a leader in the fight against climate change but has fallen behind in recent years.

If Seehofer decides to go it alone, Merkel would have to fire him, sparking an unprecedented CDU-CSU split, political scientist Heinrich Oberreuter told business daily Handelsblatt.

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