Trump insists crime rising in Germany, questioning official data


The agency, which cited unnamed participants at an ongoing meeting in Munich of the leadership of Seehofer's Christian Social Union party, said that if no agreements with other European Union partners are reached by then, the idea would be to start turning back some migrants at Germany's border. Merkel opposes this plan.

NELSON: She said it's vital to know what will happen to any migrants barred from entering Germany so they don't end up back here.

Describing the migration crisis as one of the biggest challenges to the EU, Merkel said Germany and France would continue their efforts to develop a united European response to address this challenge.

Trump's comments came after German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed to find a solution to the migrant issue by the end of the month, with interior minister Horst Seehofer backing down from his threat to bypass her on border controls - for now.

"I can not say that we have a grip on the issue", he told a press conference after huddling with top brass of his CSU party.

When we repeated the report was from the German Interior Ministry, Sanders replied: "I heard that part, but I haven't seen it".

Germany's migration row mirrors squalls seen across Europe since Merkel's decision in 2015 to open Germany's borders to more than a million migrants fleeing wars in the Middle East, transforming the demographic landscape nearly overnight.

The CSU, which faces a regional election in Bavaria in October, has recently sharpened its criticism of Chancellor Merkel's open-door policy for refugees.

However, Mr. Trump's claim that Germans were turning against their leaders because of an increase in crime spurred by immigration was easily debunked by a report last month from Mr. Seehofer's own ministry showing a almost 10% drop in crime a year ago, to the lowest point since 1992. Germany's global public broadcaster Deutsche Welle responded to Trump's remarks directly, posting on Twitter that "contrary to your assertion, crime here has actually fallen off dramatically!"

The proposed steps come ahead of the June 28-29 summit in Brussels at which EU leaders will attempt to agree on a joint migration policy three years after more than 1 million people arrived in Europe, causing a crisis for the union. Polls show Merkel and her coalition enjoy broad support among voters.

French president Emmanuel Macron and his German counterpart called in a joint statement on Tuesday for a European solution on migration and said secondary movement must be tackled.

"A situation like 2015 can not and will not be repeated".

"Turning away migrants at our borders at the heart of Europe will lead to negative domino effects that could hurt Germany and put into question European unity", she has warned.

Soeder and the CSU's ambitious top lawmaker in Berlin, Alexander Dobrindt, have sounded even tougher than Seehofer lately in demanding immediate action on immigration.

"Our colleagues consider the latter option very unlikely and see a further muddling through with no clear victor but a substantially damaged Merkel as the most likely outcome".

"We want to make sure that we don't always wait for absolute consensus", she said, and argued that such changes have become necessary to better respond to an ever changing world.