German govt stands but no resolution in fight over migration

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is seeking talks with some European Union member states on migrant policy before a leaders summit at the end of the month, a government spokesman said, in a last-ditch bid to avert a coalition crisis erupting this week.

Her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its sister party CSU have suffered heavy losses in the country's federal elections previous year, while the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) scored record gains and entered the parliament for the first time.

Merkel made some concessions earlier this month, agreeing to support Macron's call for an investment fund to help poorer European countries catch up in the areas of science, technology and innovation.

Top CSU leaders huddled Monday morning in the party's home base of Munich.

Daily newspaper Bild reported the CSU would give Merkel two weeks until the EU summit to get a European solution before defying her and enforcing Seehofer's plan.

Mr Trump said German Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition looked "tenuous".

If Seehofer, backed by his CSU, were to defy her by enforcing the plan on Monday, Merkel would be nearly certainly forced to fire him. "Of course, we need to do more to combat crime, but those were indeed encouraging numbers".

Striking a conciliatory tone in a guest column in the Frankfurter Allgemeine paper, Seehofer said the cohesion of Europe and Germany was at stake. "The situation is serious but still solvable".

The inflow of migrants is "a European challenge that requires a European answer".

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"Such platforms should provide for rapid processing to distinguish between economic migrants and those in need of global protection, and reduce the incentive to embark on perilous journeys", the draft statement of European Union leaders said. "I think this is issue is one of the most decisive for the cohesion of Europe". The new populist government in Italy has barred rescue ships from making landfall in the country's ports, forcing them to dock elsewhere.

Most first arrived in Bavaria, which borders Austria.

Monday is "destiny day for Angela Merkel". Or if they had already applied for asylum and been rejected.

On Sunday afternoon Merkel met with senior members of her party at the CDU headquarters to discuss the row.

But the veteran politicians have often clashed. Under fire over the inhumane treatment of immigrant children at the USA border, Trump is telling his supporters that an overly harsh treatment of illegal immigrants is surely better than the chaos Angela Merkel's open-door policy has created.

The CSU is widely expected to hand Merkel an ultimatum Monday to tighten Germany's policy on accepting migrants, a move that could throw their political alliance into crisis. "Germany is characterized by Christianity".

Asked in Berlin whether her government can work well until the end of its term in 2021 and whether she is still in full control, Merkel replied: "Yes to both".

"The interior minister presented the crime statistics a short while ago and they speak for themselves", Merkel said.

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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