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The embattled Merkel issues new measures against migration



Berlin (AFP) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel has taken a series of measures to increase the influx of migrants, according to a document presented to her coalition partners on Saturday in the fight for political survival.

Merkel has also secured contracts with 14 EU Member States to remove asylum seekers who are already registered in those countries from Germany, according to coalition sources, agreements that could placate hardliners in their government.

The move comes after the 28 members of the European Union resigned a fiercely negotiated agreement on Friday to tackle migration and prevent a crisis that has threatened the fabric of the bloc.

At a summit in Brussels, EU leaders agreed to set up "disembarkation platforms" outside the EU, probably in North Africa, to deter migrants and refugees entering EU-linked smuggler boats.

Member States could also set up processing centers to see if the new arrival will be made. As economic refugees, they will return home or be accepted as refugees in willing states.

Merkel's government has come to the forefront of this issue when its Interior Minister Horst Seehofer of the conservative CSU, who threatened to reverse unilaterally, is rebelling migrants on the border

but announced after the EU summit that she was with Spain and Greece have also made separate arrangements for the return of asylum seekers.

Coalition sources said on Saturday that they had completed similar deals involving a total of 14 people, such as France and Central European countries, who sharply criticized their migration policies, such as the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland.

The various agreements are discussed on Sunday at key meetings of the CDU party Merkel and the CSU, which are likely to determine the fate of their government.

Merkel, who is now just 100 days in her fourth term, faced a backlash from the conservative CSU after allowing more than a milliogram of asylum seekers to Germany since 2015.

The coalition partner SPD envisages that immigrants arriving in Germany who have first registered in another EU country should be accommodated in a special holding

Merkel said arrivals were 20 percent higher than in the first five months of the year Period dropped in 2017.

"We want to further reduce the number of migrants who come to Germany," she said.

French President Emmanuel Macron warned Saturday against nations that are alone on the issue of migration.

"In these troubled times, we must present a face of unity, efficiency that matches our values, and common stories," he said at a joint press conference in Paris with the Czech and Slovak Prime Ministers.


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