Germany to refuse migrants from July if no European deal found: minister

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has so far given a cautious welcome to French President Emmanuel Macron's ambitious efforts to deepen EU integration

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has so far given a cautious welcome to French President Emmanuel Macron's ambitious efforts to deepen EU integration

In an interesting fact, recent data released by German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, the man who is actually the leader of the immigration-skeptical members of Merkel's cabinet, shows that crime in Germany has fallen to it's lowest rate since 1992.

It seems to have dawned on Seehofer that if Germany sends back refugees who are registered elsewhere, a country such as Italy with its new anti-immigrant government might stop registering them, as it did at the height of the refugee crisis in 2015.

In reference to wider reforms to European Union foreign policy and defense, Merkel said: "We want Europe to find its place in a multilateral world".

"We're seeing small, positive developments, and we must of course continue to do more on the fight against crime", she said.

Seehofer and Merkel lead parties that have allied with each other for decades and that have formed the basis for successive Merkel governments since she first came to power in 2005.

Seehofer told Bild am Sonntag newspaper: "No one in the CSU has an interest in bringing down the chancellor, to break up the CDU/CSU parliamentary alliance or to blow up the coalition".

Merkel said the budget would be used to strengthen economic convergence within the euro zone, which was nearly torn apart by a debt crisis that took hold in 2009.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is facing a showdown with her Interior Minister Horst Seehofer who wants tougher measures to clamp down on migration to Europe

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.

If no satisfactory European Union deal is reached, German police would start sending back migrants registered in other European Union states, it said, although CSU General-Secretary Markus Blume said the report was disinformation and: "There are no agreements in any direction". As she so often does with the men who challenge her, Merkel gave him just enough rope to hang himself.

A government spokesman said Merkel was also seeking talks with some European Union members before the leaders summit but denied a Bild report that she was trying to set up a special summit.

Merkel argues that Germany must not take the sudden and unilateral step of rejecting asylum seekers at the border, which would add to the burden faced by frontline countries like Italy and Greece.

The German government said no special EU summit is planned, and that would be a matter for EU leaders in Brussels, but "of course the German government is holding talks with various member states and the (EU) Commission" about immigration in Europe.

NELSON: The interior minister and his party, which is facing a major challenge from far-right populists in upcoming regional elections, say they will unilaterally prevent migrants from crossing Bavaria's worldwide borders if Berlin doesn't act.

Hours later, Merkel met in Berlin with Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte, the head of a new, populist government whose interior minister has pledged to deport tens of thousands of migrants.

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