The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader, Angela Merkel, has announced that she agrees with Horst Seehofer, head of Bavaria's Christian Social Union (CSU), on further steps in the migration policy, citing a dispute that has jeopardized the decade-long alliance between their parties.
The chancellor noted that both sister parties support Seehofer's "Masterplan for Migration" and have a common goal to better organize immigration in Germany, as well as significantly reduce the influx of refugees entering the country.
On July 1, after the EU summit, Merkel is due to inform the CDU leadership about the state of her negotiations with the European countries that were most of all affected by the migration crisis.
Seehofer, in turn, stated that "it is a scandal, if people banned from entry still arrive in Germany." The minister pledged to immediately instruct the federal police to change the situation.
Previously, the union of the two parties, the CDU and the CSU, was on the brink of collapse, as the partners failed to agree over harder border checks proposed by Seehofer, since his stance contradicts Merkel's migration policy principle of "open borders."
Since 2015, Europe has been struggling to cope with the effects of an influx of refugees, with hundreds of thousands of migrants fleeing war and social crises in the Middle East and Africa.
New figures from the EU Asylum Agency show that no where in Europe are there as many asylum applications as in Germany. With more than 222,000 requests, it is almost two times more than in Italy. Fifty-three percent of all refugees registered in the EU in 2017 live in Germany.
Trump Speaks Out
Immigration policy is a burning issue, not only in Europe. US President Donald Trump has expressed his sympathy with Germans and blamed immigration for high crime rates in Germany.
The people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition. Crime in Germany is way up. Big mistake made all over Europe in allowing millions of people in who have so strongly and violently changed their culture!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2018
In another Twitter message, Trump added that he does not want what is happening with immigration in Europe to happen in the United States.
We don’t want what is happening with immigration in Europe to happen with us!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2018