Merkel presses over migration as 'European solution' fails

Jun 27, 2018, 11:29
Merkel presses over migration as 'European solution' fails

It has also brought back the issue of migration to the top of the EU's political agenda.

Without immigration, Europe "will become empty", he said.

After turning away the Aquarius NGO rescue ship, which later docked in Spain, Italy said it would block the Lifeline vessel operated by the German NGO Mission Lifeline. The devolved administration of Scotland - concerned about its aging population and shrinking work force - has for some years proclaimed itself more welcoming to immigrants than the British government in London.

Germany has taken in hundreds of thousands of Syrians and others since 2014 but Merkel's "open door" migration policy is threatening her ruling coalition. The CSU has given her till early next month to come up with a compromise; most Germans presently believe she will fail to do so.

It contained key elements Merkel needs to placate her rebellious coalition partner, the Bavaria-based Christian Social Union (CSU) and its head, Horst Seehofer, who is also Germany's interior minister.

In the message of analytical Agency, notes that most supporters of Merkel among "leftists".

The leaders of four central European states, meanwhile, confirmed they would boycott an EU mini-summit on migration, taking a veiled swipe at Merkel by accusing countries of pushing the issue for domestic political reasons. But Merkel has warned it could be hard to reach a deal in a politically divided Europe.

With plans to reform Europe's asylum laws bogged down, European Union leaders hope to stop migrants leaving North Africa by paying countries like Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia to hold people until their eligibility for asylum can be established.

Migrants mostly stay in arrival countries like Greece and Italy or wealthy Germany where they try start a new life.

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Encouraged by a deal with Turkey that has slashed migrant arrivals from there by 97 percent since 2015 - when hundreds of thousands of people entered, mostly migrants fleeing war in Syria and Iraq - the 28-nation European Union is ready to greenlight plans to set up screening centers in Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Niger and Tunisia. "Migration thus appears as a threat to the hard-won national independence".

Trump on Monday claimed that "crime in Germany is way up". The advantages of a young and usually hard-working cohort who will themselves pay taxes, take jobs no longer attractive to existing citizens and provide cultural diversity are either less visible or increasingly ignored.

"My response is that the interior minister recently presented statistics on crime and they speak for themselves", she said during a press conference after talks with French President Emmanuel Macron.

"What it's about on Sunday is talking with particularly affected nations about all problems connected with migration - primary migration as well as secondary migration - and, following on from Sunday, seeing whether we can reach, bi-, tri- or even multinational agreements to better solve certain problems", she said. He is unremittingly harsh, using terms like "infest" and "animals" in his references to those trying to enter the United States without documentation. "And we can't agree how to divide the responsibility of caring for them". The pressure will not go away; neither will the resistance to it. Africa and the Middle East, especially its war zones, will continue to pour forth exhausted, poor and huddled masses, and they will continue to be pushed back.

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