Trump blasts Merkel in defending his policy of separating migrant families

Trump blasts Merkel in defending his policy of separating migrant families

Trump blasts Merkel in defending his policy of separating migrant families

Most Germans support the moves according to opinion polls, while critics say Merkel's liberal migrant policies have bolstered far-right and populist parties at home and overseas.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Bavarian allies, the Christian Social Union (CSU), will decide today (18 June) whether to defy her by implementing a plan to limit immigration at the German border and risk destabilising her three-month-old coalition. "Big mistake made all over Europe in allowing millions of people in who have so strongly and violently changed their culture!"

Both party leaders are expected to address the media on Monday afternoon. "But we stand by our position that, if this does not succeed, turning people back immediately at the border must be possible".

Merkel's welcome to refugees also infuriated Seehofer and his CSU, the sister party of her Christian Democrats in the southern state of Bavaria, which became the main entry point for most migrants. "The situation is serious but still solvable".

At a meeting of the CSU leadership in Munich, the Bavarian party agreed to push for a policy on turning away migrants who had earlier been banned from Germany to be implemented immediately, but postponed until after an European Union summit at the end of June a ban on the previously registered, officials said.

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But the chancellor's pledge has been met with skepticism by some CSU politicians, who question the possibility of reaching an EU-wide agreement after several years of failed attempts.

Merkel is adamant that a European solution is needed and is seeking bilateral deals with some partners, such as Italy and Greece, similar to one agreed between Turkey and the EU in 2016.

Merkel has cautiously come around in recent weeks, but she may not have much political room to manoeuvre further.

A populist-far right government in Italy and the conservative-far right cabinet in neighbouring Austria have also taken an uncompromising stance.

US President Donald Trump has launched another attack on one of America's allies, this time, Germany is his target as he tweeted "the people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition".

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The signs of splintering Republican support come after longtime Trump ally, the Rev. Franklin Graham, called the policy "disgraceful".

Merkel is locked in a standoff with her interior minister, Horst Seehofer, over his demand for some asylum-seekers to be turned back at the border.

A quota system, agreed two years ago, would have distributed migrants from these states to other European Union countries.

Merkel, regarded by some as "the most powerful woman in the world and de facto leader of the European Union", is facing opposition from the Alternative for Germany, a right-leaning group. About 700,000 people sought asylum in EU countries a year ago, down 44 per cent from 2016, according to figures released Monday by the European Asylum Support Agency.

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. Still, polls suggest that its absolute majority in the Bavarian state legislature is in danger in the October 14 state election - and it is being challenged on the right by the far-right, anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany party.

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