France, Germany vow to boost European Union defense and security

Difficult Merkel allies mull next move in German migrant row

Germany: Interior minister gives Merkel ultimatum on migrants

And though Trump is obviously wrong when he says that migrants have "violently changed" the culture of Germany and that crime is "way up", public sentiment at least appears to have changed in recent weeks.

"If the Bavarian CSU does not agree to any compromise on migration policy, her current government may fall apart shortly".

Mr Macron and Dr Merkel called on Tuesday for a joint European response to the EU's flashpoint challenge of immigration amid deep divisions in the bloc.

Merkel has had an often-tense history with Seehofer, and their relationship became really hard after Merkel's 2015 decision to keep Germany's borders open as migrants streamed across the Balkans.

EU heads of state and government will discuss the concept of reforming the European migration system at the European Union's summit on June 28-29, a European diplomatic source informed TASS on Tuesday.

There is, she insisted, "nothing automatic" about what happens next.

It wasn't immediately clear what she might offer other countries in talks.

That is why the German chancellor's hope that she will be able to negotiate a solution before the European Union summit at the end of June is probably an illusion.

Seehofer's party met in Munich to affirm its backing for his so-called migration masterplan comprising 63 measures, the most contentious of which is to start turning migrants away at the border.

"We support the plans of the European Commission and the Austrian Term Presidency to strengthen the security at our external borders", she said. "If there is no solution reached, in July we will have to begin" turning people away.

Seehofer said he had told fellow leaders that "we're not out of the woods yet".

He said he would go ahead with preparations to block some asylum-seekers at the border. Beyond devilish small print of reform of euro zone, immigration, which threatens to attract attention of next European Council, has been or of issues that has focused Franco-German meeting and that has become an urgent problem in tér of internal policy for Chancellor. Consultations between the Italian, the German and the French governments on Friday (Paris) and Monday (Berlin) point to the creation of camps in North Africa. The two conservative parties govern Germany in a coalition with the centre-left Social Democrats.

Seehofer and Merkel have long had an awkward relationship.

Chancellor Angela Merkel responded to President Donald Trump's repeat assertions that crime has risen in Germany as a result of her liberal stance on migration, citing "encouraging" statistics that show the opposite to be true.

In Austria, a coalition of right-wing parties led by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz- elected in 2017- favours sending European Union border patrol guards to Northern Africa to prevent migrants from travelling across the Mediterranean.

More than 1 million migrants came to Germany in 2015 and 2016, following Merkel's 2015 decision to leave German borders open for them.

Though Merkel had been lukewarm on Macron's idea of a European budget, in a declaration adopted by both leaders following the meeting they said they had agreed upon a proposal to establish one aimed at "competitiveness and convergence".

The office said in an annual report that 728,470 application requests were made for worldwide protection in 2017, compared with nearly 1.3 million applications the previous year.

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