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Germany tells Trump to stop lying about their crime rate

20 June 2018

The CSU's Bavarian state premier Markus Soeder said that the ongoing "asylum tourism" meant that, as a government, "we're nearing the endgame when it comes to our credibility".

But it showed the bloc is trying to accommodate a new, anti-establishment government in Italy, as well as Berlin where Merkel's coalition partner issued an ultimatum for an EU-wide deal on migration. The influx has led to an anti-migrant backlash in Italy, where many arrivals first landed, and in Germany, the preferred end destination for many refugees.

Macron also said Paris and Berlin wanted agreements that would allow European Union member states to reject at their borders asylum seekers already registered elsewhere in the bloc - usually the first port of entry.

Seehofer himself announced the new low crime rate last month, concluding, "Germany has become safer".

Trump has sought to use the widespread outrage over the family separations to push through other immigration priorities that have stalled in Congress, such as funding for his long-promised wall along the Mexican border.

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"Crime in Germany is up 10% plus (officials do not want to report these crimes) since migrants were accepted", Trump tweeted, a day after he claimed German people were "turning against their leadership" over immigration.

Merkel said that she does not want to unilaterally deploy migrants at the border, but interior Minister Horst Seehofer challenged her, speaking for the immigration ban and thereby possibly jeopardizing the Alliance between the two conservative parties that have existed for 70 years.

The ministerial retreat at Meseberg castle near Berlin aims to hammer out a joint Franco-German stance ahead of a June 28-29 summit on the EU's post-Brexit future, at a time when populists and eurosceptics are rapidly gaining ground.

Polls suggest that its absolute majority in the Bavarian state legislature is in danger in the October 14 state election because it is being challenged on the right by the far-right, anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany party.

Immigration is likely to dominate the summit of European Union leaders.

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If Seehofer decides to go it alone, Merkel would have to fire him, sparking an unprecedented CDU-CSU split, political scientist Heinrich Oberreuter told business daily Handelsblatt.

Though Merkel had been lukewarm on Macron's idea of a European budget, in a declaration adopted by both leaders following the meeting they said they had agreed upon a proposal to establish one aimed at "competitiveness and convergence".

"Be smart America!" said the president, who is under mounting pressure to end the separation of immigrant families on the southern U.S. border.

At the weekend, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire and his German counterpart Olaf Scholz met in Hamburg to try to resolve much of the nitty-gritty before Merkel and Macron meet. The European asylum authority Easo announced Monday in Brussels that a total of 222,560 applications was registered previous year with nearly a third of them (31 percent) in Germany. That route has since been closed under a 2016 deal Turkey-EU deal. "Of course, it would be good if there is a European solution, but in three years that hasn't been reached".

That phenomenon, known as "secondary movements", is against European Union law but has been widespread since 2015, the peak of Europe's migration crisis.

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Germany tells Trump to stop lying about their crime rate