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Merkel's refugee policy has led to more than 1.6 million migrants arriving in Germany in the last three years Merkel's refugee policy has led to more than 1.6 million migrants arriving in Germany in the last three years
Andrew Cummings | 20 June, 2018, 20:00

"We want to make sure that we don't always wait for absolute consensus", she said, and argued that such changes have become necessary to better respond to an ever changing world.

Ms Merkel is sticking to her guns, maintaining an open-door migrant policy is crucial for keeping Europe united despite the political standoff with her Bavarian ally.

Driven in part by the civil war in Syria, the number of asylum seekers entering Germany began to rise sharply in 2013, when it reached nearly 110,000, and then soared after Merkel changed the policy in the summer of 2015.

Merkel opposed his calls for Germany to unilaterally turn back people previously registered as asylum-seekers in other European Union countries. If she fails, the CSU vows to break its decades-old alliance with the chancellor's Christian Democrats, which would likely lead to new elections.

But it is not granted she will be able to save her leadership with the help of the EU.

Trump's highly intrusive comments came as Merkel was fighting to save her coalition government amid demands by her interior minister to turn back immigrants at the border.

Last week, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel admitted in a weekly podcast that the outcome of the row over immigration could be "decisive" for keeping Europe together.

Seehofer wants Germany to have the right to reject migrants who have already registered in another European Union state but Merkel opposes any unilateral move by him that would reverse her 2015 open-door policy and undermine her authority.

With House leadership signalling possible votes on immigration this week, the president intends to meet Republicans on Capitol Hill Tuesday to discuss the issue, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Japan down 10-man Colombia
Yuya Osako of Japan (right) and Davinson Sanchez of Colombia in action during the 2018 World Cup in Saransk , Russia, today. Japan led after only five minutes, Kagawa converting a penalty awarded for Carlos Sanchez's handball in the area.

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A 9-year-old girl and two men in their 80s have been killed by a strong natural disaster in the western Japan metropolis of Osaka. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said authorities were assessing damage and that their top priority was the safety of residents.

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Merkel is said to be seeking a European agreement on the issue during the EU summit scheduled for June 28-29 but has stressed that even if no deal is not reached, there will be "no automatism" about rejecting asylum seekers. The CSU has been firmly allied with Ms. Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) throughout that time.

"My answer is that the interior minister presented the crime statistics a short while ago and they speak for themselves", Merkel told a news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron when asked about a recent flurry of tweets from Trump.

Monday's fictions over migration came ironically while the European Union's asylum office said the number of people applying for worldwide protection in Europe had plunged, though it remained higher than before 2015.

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".

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 EU has given aid and money to countries from Turkey and Jordan to Libya and Niger.

'This is a European challenge that also needs a European solution. Current rules stipulate that refugees need to register their asylum application in the first European Union country they arrive in.

She also agreed to the request of the party to impose a ban on the admission of migrants, previously expelled from Germany.

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