Germany to refuse migrants from July if no European deal found: minister

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"We want a national solution if a European one is not found", Seehofer said, adding that "the CDU or at least its leaders do not want" it.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has rejected German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer's ultimatum on migrants but has two weeks to find a solution for influx of migrants ahead of the June 28-29 European Union talks.

Seehofer has been calling for Germany to turn back at its border migrants previously registered as asylum-seekers in other European countries.

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer of the CSU has been one of the fiercest critics of Chancello Angela Merkel's liberal stance that allowed a million asylum seekers into Germany since 2015. Merkel has common sense on her side when she argues that there has to be a European fix.

Merkel also distanced herself from plans of turning away migrants at the border, saying that such a move "could lead to negative domino effects" in Europe.

If Merkel fails to find a solution by the end of the month, her leadership may be called into question and may be forced to step down altogether, creating a major political crisis in the EU's most powerful economy.

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".

In a tweet Tuesday morning, the president accused the government of Germany of concealing the truth of the crime rate in the country since accepting a surge of migrants into the country in recent years.

The CSU hopes its tough line will help it see off a challenge from the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in wealthy Bavaria's October election.

Seehofer entered Merkel's government as the interior minister, promising a "master plan" to tackle migration.

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"Whoever knows Europe, realizes this is no easy task", Merkel told reporters in Berlin yesterday after a meeting of her Christian Democratic Union's executive.

On common defence, Merkel has said she is "favourable" to Macron's demand for a rapid reaction force dubbed the European Intervention Initiative.

Merkel's talks later Monday with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in Germany could prove crucial if she is to have any chance of forging an agreement in Brussels.

She asked the CSU to give her two weeks to come up with deals similar to one agreed between Turkey and the European Union in 2016, which means migrants arriving in Greece are sent back to Turkey if they do not apply for asylum.

President Trump also weighed in, tweeting Monday: "The people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition".

He then declared crime in Germany is "way up", despite statistics showing crime there is at its lowest point since 1992.

Seehofer and Merkel have long had an awkward relationship.

Merkel believes it is "in Germany's interest" to reach an agreement on managing migration "in close partnership with our European neighbors".

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. "We must act together on several fronts rather than accept divisions in Europe on responsibility and solidarity", he warned.

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