Merkel: Immigration could determine Europe's fate

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"Europe is facing many challenges, but immigration could become an issue that will determine its fate," said Chancellor Angela Merkel in view of today's European Council, but also under the weight of the intergovernmental crisis over immigration. policy. "We are not where we want to be," he said, reiterating that no comprehensive European solution would be reached at the summit, especially as regards the reform of the Dublin Regulation.

"We have to manage the issue together, instead of managing it alone or looking for bilateral solutions, otherwise no one will believe in our value system anymore," Merkel said in her keynote address to the Bundestag before the European Council. highlighted the issue of agreements to be concluded with safe countries of origin. "2015 should not be repeated," she said, referring to the murder of 15-year-old Susanna by a young Iraqi man who had arrived in Germany in the 2015 wave of refugees but remained in the country despite his asylum application being rejected. However, the Chancellor defended her policy at the beginning of the refugee crisis, referring to a "state of emergency", while reiterating - with a view to the Christian Socialists (CSU) - that European law prevails over German law. It is noteworthy, however, that during Merkel's speech, CSU leader and Interior Minister Horst Seehofer was not in the room.

In the run-up to the NATO summit in July, the chancellor also referred to member states' commitment to increase defense spending, calling "Europe's fairer contribution to the alliance necessary" and reiterated Germany's intention to increase its own defense spending. at 1,5% of GDP - not at the 2% demanded by NATO and the US President. "We owe it to our soldiers, but also to the German people, who must not lose their confidence in security and defense," he said.

The chancellor also acknowledged that the tension in transatlantic relations "is no secret" and, referring to the trade dispute with the United States, reiterated that Germany "considers it illegal to impose tariffs on aluminum and steel products, but stressed that it is in Europe's interest". and many other countries to continue talks with Washington in order to avoid a possible trade war.