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Merkel rejects ultimatum on migrants, has two weeks to reach European Union deal

Patty Aguilar | 19 June, 2018, 16:01

Meanwhile, Mrs Merkel is in a different migration dispute with her interior minister, Horst Seehofer.

Bavaria's Christian Social Union (CSU) on Monday gave German Chancellor Angela Merkel two weeks to reach a European deal on migrants before they would demand immigration curbs that could fracture her governing coalition.

Other issues included foreign and defense policy and the future of the euro currency zone.

She is facing a showdown with one of her own interior ministers after he called for turning away all undocumented migrants at the German borders.

The vote was widely seen as a rejection of the status quo on open borders and migration, and many expected Mrs Merkel to respond.

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.

Despite statistics saying the opposite, Trump suggested that "migration" is leading to an increase in crime: "Big mistake made all over Europe in allowing millions of people in who have so strongly and violently changed their culture!" he wrote on Twitter. The AfD's anti-migrant policy is becoming increasingly popular in Germany as several high-profile murders by new arrivals have alarmed voters.

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer is calling for Germany to turn back at its border migrants who have registered as asylum-seekers in other European countries.

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

Merkel has insisted that an EU-wide settlement can be reached at a June 28-29 Brussels summit, and says Seehofer's plan to turn away migrants who have previously been expelled would prejudice her chances of reaching that deal.

On July 1, after the completion of a two-day European Union summit, Merkel will meet with the CDU executive to discuss next steps, the chancellor said Monday. The CSU is determined to show that it's tough on migration as it faces a challenging October state election in Bavaria, and argues that that is the best way to cut support for the far-right Alternative for Germany.

Macron past year outlined his vision for a stronger, more united Europe as a forceful reply to the far-right and isolationist National Front he defeated at the polls. "The party executive believes that rejecting people at the border is an indispensable part of the reorganization of the asylum system".

"After the European Council, the (CDU) party presidency will decide what to do next", she told a news conference. Without the CSU, Merkel's coalition, which also includes the Social Democrats, would lose its parliamentary majority.

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

Germany's long-time chancellor said Tuesday that the USA move was "very regrettable" at a time when the overwhelming majority of countries worldwide are trying to limit global warming.

The fake news was quickly debunked as originating from satirical magazine Titanic, but not before it had been picked up by some major media, causing immediate dips in the euro and stock market.

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