Germans 'turning against their leaders' over immigration

Merkel's refugee policy has led to more than 1.6 million migrants arriving in Germany in the last three years

France and Germany are also pushing for a new European Union agreement on managing migrants and asylum seekers entering the bloc at the meeting in Germany.

Addressing reporters in Berlin after her meeting, Merkel called the dispute "a very hard situation" but insisted that "the CDU and the CSU have the common goal of improving regulation of migration in our country".

"We support the plans of the European Commission and the Austrian Term Presidency to strengthen the security at our external borders", she said.

Merkel and Macron jointly stressed the need for an EU-wide solution to the migration crisis that is now casting a shadow over cooperation between European neighbors, according to German news agency dpa.

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.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's fourth-term government took almost six months to put together, taking office in March after the centre-left Social Democrats reluctantly agreed to team up with her conservatives again. Merkel has two weeks to reach a deal. A regional party in her ruling coalition is demanding tighter rules for migrants entering the country, and that party vows to act unilaterally if the chancellor refuses.

Seehofer, who took on the interior ministry portfolio less than 100 days ago, said he had only recently learned that migrants who had already been denied asylum by Germany and been issued re-entry bans were still being allowed back in.

He cited a euro zone budget for investments, a backstop for European banks, taxation of digital tech giants and the convergence of corporate tax rates as red lines for France.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers her speech at a meeting in preparation for a climate change conference that takes place later this year in Poland's city Katowice, in Berlin, Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

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Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters that "various aspects of migration policy will be discussed" at the bilateral talks with Giuseppe Conte late Monday.

Seibert said such agreements could involve countries that are most strongly affected by migrant movements. They include a deadly 2016 Christmas market attack by a failed Tunisian asylum seeker and the rape-murder in May of a teenage girl, allegedly by an Iraqi. That would benefit Germany's far right, just like the immigration issue has in at least a dozen other European countries.

Merkel opposed his calls for Germany to unilaterally turn back people previously registered as asylum-seekers in other European Union countries.

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Seehofer has been one of the fiercest critics of Merkel's liberal stance under which over one million asylum seekers have been admitted into the country since 2015.

Germany, the strongest economy in the 28-nation European Union, was once a leader in the fight against climate change but has fallen behind in recent years.

The poor showing also set off an internal power struggle: Seehofer salvaged his job as party leader but gave up the Bavarian governor's job to younger rival Markus Soeder.

It also found that two-thirds of all Germans believe that the CSU has only instigated this dispute as an election campaign tactic, in order to steal votes from the populist party Alternative for Germany (AfD) ahead of the October state election in Bavaria.

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