Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Merkel: EU will retaliate against Trump tariffs

Merkel: EU will retaliate against Trump tariffs

Merkel said she will keep talking with Trump., but renewed her call for Europe to take a more forceful role in global affairs and said the European Union won't be "take for a ride" in its trade conflict with the US.

But it's Merkel's that's undoubtedly the most striking.

On Tuesday, some senior members of Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) opted to back her hard-line Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, a Bavarian conservative who has always been a thorn in the chancellor's side over migration. About 1.4 million entered the country in the wake of her decision and while the flow has slowed, around 10,000 continue to stream in each month.

And Italy may be ready to join this new "axis" as well. Party consensus is that it needs to appear firm on the issue of immigration. Other European Union members, including France and the United Kingdom, have hardened their immigration laws.

Merkel said she expected Italy's new coalition government to vote for the extension of European sanctions against Russian Federation.

"I have a responsibility for this country, namely to steer and maintain order".

Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia have also consistently either refused outright or resisted taking in refugees under a contested European Union quota system. Germany now allows such migrants into the country as their cases are reviewed.

Saxony's state premier, Michael Kretschmer, told Die Welt daily: "Of course, people who have no chance of getting asylum in Germany must be rejected at the border", adding that this includes people who had applied for asylum in other countries.

She argues that her country should not go it alone while Europe searches for a common policy.

On Wednesday, a recently arrived Tunisian man was arrested in Cologne after investigators found he had been stockpiling ingredients to make explosives and ricin, a powerful poison.

The alleged rape and killing of a 14-year-old German girl by an Iraqi man, who was extradited from Iraq on Saturday, has re-ignited the debate on migrants and followed a scandal at a regional office which wrongly granted asylum applications.

With a crucial state election in Bavaria coming up in October, Seehofer and his Christian Social Union party are anxious to stop the haemorrhage of support to the anti-migrant and Islamophobic AfD.

Christian von Stetten, a senior CDU lawmaker, drew applause from party colleagues at a closed-door session of the parties' joint parliamentary group on Tuesday when he backed Mr. Seehofer by saying he would accept no watering down of the minister's plan.

Mr Seehofer, who received a phone call from his Italian counterpart Matteo Salvini, said the new government in Rome is interested in building a partnership focused on security, counterterrorism and migration.

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