Trade war: European Union to put tariffs on USA after Trump’s ‘depressing’ tweets

Trade war: European Union to put tariffs on USA after Trump’s ‘depressing’ tweets

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's office released a photo (top) that showed her leaning over a table to confront Trump.

Seehofer is now trying to pull Germany's new government to the right and to adopt a harder stance on migration to win back territory from the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party which has gained their first seats in the legislature.

Speaking alongside German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, a Bavarian conservative who shares the Austrian chancellor's views on tightening up Europe's borders, Kurz said fighting illegal immigration would be a top priority for Vienna's presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2018.

Germany's Angela Merkel called for a spirit of "compromise" on reforming the euro zone at a meeting on Thursday (19 April) with French President Emmanuel Macron, who pressed for "solidarity" among members of the currency union. While it fits in with the idea that asylum seekers should not "shop" for the country that gives it the best welcome and benefits, Merkel has feared that copycat laws would follow across Europe, as one country after another would close its borders to avoid becoming the receptacle for all of the continent's undocumented migrants.

And Italy may be ready to join this new "axis" as well.

Saying that Europe must do "everything in its power to keep migration from becoming poison for European Union cohesion", Maas warned member states to "stop using the migration issue as domestic propaganda against the EU". Anti-immigration movements are now in or leading governments in countries including Italy, Austria and Hungary.

Merkel said she expected Italy's new coalition government to vote for the extension of European sanctions against Russian Federation. "We stand by it and whoever leaves it and turns their back on it is showing inconsistency and lack of character".

"What we should not do, in my view, is to leave the entire responsibility on the few countries where the refugees first arrive", Ms. Merkel told a press conference on Tuesday. Eastern European EU countries also object to a proposal under which migrants would be resettled around the bloc under a quota system. Germany now allows such migrants into the country as their cases are reviewed.

Mr Seehofer rejected claims he had snubbed Germany's leader.

In Germany, the issue of immigration is refusing to go away, fueled in recent weeks by allegations of mismanagement and corruption in the country's asylum authority as well as a string of high-profile crimes where the main suspects have been migrants.

Seehofer, a former leader of the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) which is facing a hard regional election in October, wants to show he is toughening up the rules in his 63-point master plan.

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