Merkel and Macron Agreed on a Separate Eurozone Budget

24 June, 2018, 14:33 | Author: Gregory Stephens
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Three-quarters of Germans do not believe Chancellor Angela Merkel will manage to secure a European solution to the immigration dispute that is plaguing her relationship with her Bavarian allies in government, a survey showed on Wednesday.

The leaders of Germany and France agreed Tuesday to create a Eurozone budget they hope will boost investment and provide a safety mechanism for the 19 nations using the euro currency, and also to seek a European solution to migration issues.

News agency dpa reported that Bavarian governor Markus Soeder said Wednesday: "We can not launch extra shadow budgets now or try to weaken the stability of the currency".

Backing Merkel on the make-or-break migrant issue, he said France and Germany would seek agreements to ensure newcomers whose details were already in European Union databases "can be taken back as quickly as possible to the country where they were registered".

Interior minister Horst Seehofer, also from the CSU, added: "Unfortunately, there were no discussions with us on this topic in advance, so we should not be now surprised that many questions and interpretations are emerging". "They must not be mixed up with each other".

After their joint cabinet meeting near Berlin, Macron called for a "more efficient system of solidarity and responsibility" on registering and distributing asylum seekers.

Meanwhile, the Spanish coastguard says it has rescued almost 770 asylum seekers in the strait of Gibraltar.

Coming to Merkel's rescue on the explosive issue, Macron on Tuesday said that Paris and Berlin had agreed to seek an European Union deal to send back migrants registered elsewhere in the bloc.


Speaking on World Refugee Day, Merkel herself stressed the need for a European solution to the influx of migrants that the continent's governments have argued over for almost three years.

Ms Merkel has already played down expectations of a breakthrough at the hastily-arranged talks on migration, which is dividing Europe and threatening her own government.

Separately, the Social Democratic Party, the third party in Merkel's uneasy coalition, also spoke up in her defence. "It would not be good if everyone did so to the detriment of others".

Italy on Saturday said "arrogant" France risked becoming its "No.1 enemy" on migration issues, a day before European leaders convene in Brussels for a hastily arranged meeting on the divisive topic.

"I am in favour of sanctions being imposed in the event of no cooperation", he said.

"Today I am urging European states to seize this opportunity to find a new and united approach that answers the shared needs of all countries to be able to manage their borders and their migration policies, in a way that simultaneously upholds the European and worldwide asylum standards that emerged from the Second World War", he said.

"But it is a position that will never deny migrants their rights".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a news conference at the Royal Palace in Amman, Jordan June 21, 2018. "Simply because it's a form of additional budget", Bavaria's state premier leader Markus Soeder told Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

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