Trump Slams Germany Amid Border Policy Outcry: Migrants ‘Violently Changed Their Culture’

Trump Slams Germany Amid Border Policy Outcry: Migrants ‘Violently Changed Their Culture’

Hardliners of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc are poised Monday to give the German leader an ultimatum to tighten asylum rules or risk pitching the country into a political crisis.

Trump has rejected criticism that his "zero-tolerance" immigration policy has caused family separations at the U.S. border, and instead pointed to crime in Germany as the reason tough laws are necessary.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the CDU headquarters on September 25, 2017. "For the government", wrote the mass-circulation newspaper Bild on Sunday.

She also warned the minister, Horst Seehofer, against defying her, saying she is ultimately in charge of government policies.

The immigration showdown comes as Merkel has vowed to reject a possible proposal that would "turn away" new migrants and asylum seekers seeking to enter Germany from Syria, Libya, and other nations.

Merkel has been asking her coalition to delay addressing the question until European Union leaders convene in Brussels to discuss immigration and other issues affecting the 28 members of the bloc on June 28 and 29.

Here's the paradox: Italy and Austria both have anti-immigrant governments. And the issue has been inflamed recently by the rape and murder of a 14-year-old German girl that authorities believe was carried out by an Iraqi asylum seeker.

Seehofer's "masterplan" on immigration was meant to be the showpiece of the CSU's tough stance against new arrivals.


For all the noise, the CSU knows that there is more at stake.

The issue of illegal migration has been a stumbling block between Bavaria's CSU and Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU). "We want a national solution if a European one is not found", Seehofer said, adding that "the CDU or at least its leaders do not want" it. Merkel isn't against a stricter border regime, but wants this to be part of a European agreement, which she hopes to achieve at an EU summit at the end of this month.

"The rejections will take effect from the first week of July at the latest if no effective results are achieved at the upcoming European Union summit", the statement said.

Whichever option he chooses, the ball will land in Merkel's court.

If Seehofer, who has always been critical of the chancellor, decides to defy her, it could spell an end to the 70-year alliance between his Bavarian conservatives and those whom she represents in the remainder of the country. In 2016, he threatened Merkel's federal government with a lawsuit if it didn't take measures to further secure the border.

But the rest of the European Union is now engaged in an unseemly squabble over refugees as the new anti-immigrant Italian government has drawn the ire of Prime Minister Macron of France by refusing docking rights to a refugee ship. On Tuesday, she will huddle with French President Emmanuel Macron.

Macron a year ago 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.

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