Merkel, Macron search for reforms to halt European Union 'disintegration'

Merkel is sticking to her guns maintaining an open-door migrant policy is crucial for keeping Europe united

Merkel is sticking to her guns maintaining an open-door migrant policy is crucial for keeping Europe united

Monday is "destiny day for Angela Merkel".

The political survival of Germany's Chancellor is hanging by a thread after her interior minister Horst Seehofer threatened to walk away from her fragile government coalition.

At a regular meeting of their joint Cabinets on Tuesday, Germany will seek the support of French President Emmanuel Macron to find a common European Union response for managing an influx of refugees, Merkel said Saturday in a weekly podcast.

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

Should Seehofer opt to institute border controls immediately, it would force Merkel to make a fateful choice: Acquiesce and emerge a dramatically weakened leader, or fire Seehofer and risk a break with the CSU that could bring her government crashing down.

Merkel has asked the CSU to give her two weeks to come up with bilateral deals with some countries, such as Italy and Greece, similar to one agreed between Turkey and the European Union in 2016.

SORAYA SARHADDI NELSON, BYLINE: This scene three years ago of asylum-seekers thronging Munich's main train station is what the conservative Bavarian party allied with Chancellor Angela Merkel says must never be repeated.

Trump chimed into the debate with a Twitter taunt Monday, charging that "the people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition".

The standoff pitted Merkel and her center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) against its more hard-line Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU). "Where did the president get the statement that crime was way up in Germany under the Merkel plan for admitting refugees?" Merkel, however, opposes any unilateral move to reverse her 2015 open-door policy and undermine her authority. In his previous job as Bavarian governor, Seehofer was one of the leading critics of Merkel's decision in 2015 to leave Germany's borders open as migrants streamed across the Balkans.

Seibert said such agreements could involve countries that are most strongly affected by migrant movements.

Macron said details were intentionally being kept general on the budget idea at the moment, so that other member nations would be able to have their voices heard.

Seehofer has been calling for Germany to turn back migrants previously registered as asylum-seekers in other European countries. Recent polls at least show a slim majority of Germans back Seehofer even though the method may foment problems with Mediterranean partners like Italy.

The rules require migrants to apply for asylum in the first country they enter - a policy France has used to defend its own efforts to keep people from trying to cross over from Italy.

As a result of this political turmoil, German stock ETFs, which had started gaining in performance over the past week, have seen a reversal, falling 0.9% on Friday 15 June, according to TrackInsight data.

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