Macron and Merkel Agree Common Eurozone Budget, Tax Integration

20 June, 2018, 20:02 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Merkel's refugee policy has led to more than 1.6 million migrants arriving in Germany in the last three years

Merkel's Christian Democrats and their Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), are embroiled in their own dispute over immigration that has threatened to break apart her coalition government.

Most migrants attempting to reach Europe from Africa take the sea route from Libya to Italy, though previous year saw a spike in numbers departing from Morocco to Spain instead.

"Asylum-seekers who have been registered in other European Union member states should be turned away at Germany's border", he insisted, despite Merkel's opposition to such a unilateral step.

Italy wants to adapt current European Union asylum guidelines in favour of "a new approach that is more harmonious, so that whoever sets foot in Italy, sets foot in Europe", Conte said.

She dashed Macron's hopes for a joint eurozone finance minister and budget, mindful of German public fears that their tax money be squandered on what voters see as fiscal irresponsibility in southern European Union states.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gestures as she welcomes representatives of the European Round Table of Industrialists in Meseberg.

Calling for tough action against illegal immigration, Trump declared the United States "will not be a migrant camp" on his watch.

With House leadership signalling possible votes on immigration this week, the president intends to meet Republicans on Capitol Hill Tuesday to discuss the issue, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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.


The chancellor made clear that she supported minister's Seehofer's suggestion to come up with a "migration master plan" but stressed that she opposes "unilateral" migration actions, such as turning back people at Germany's border.

"I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our global boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel".

Dr Merkel, who must now seek agreements with other member states to appease Mr Seehofer, said that "we are in favour of supporting affected states, and of course for solidarity between member states".

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".

"Our colleagues consider the latter option very unlikely and see a further muddling through with no clear victor but a substantially damaged Merkel as the most likely outcome".

Analysts at Deutsche Bank suggest that the German political drama was the main story in Europe yesterday where Chancellor Merkel was forced into considering concessions to stave off a potential political crisis.

As outlined in his "migration master plan", Seehofer wants to refuse asylum access to German territory if they have already formally entered the Schengen zone via another country. That route has since been closed under a 2016 deal Turkey-EU deal.

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.

She also agreed to the request of the party to impose a ban on the admission of migrants, previously expelled from Germany.

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