Thursday, June 28, 2018

Migration Challenge Is Make-Or-Break for EU, Says Merkel

Migration Challenge Is Make-Or-Break for EU
The European Union’s fate rests on its ability to rise to the challenges of migration, a passionate Chancellor Angela Merkel told Germany’s parliament on Thursday ahead of a Brussels summit dominated by an issue that threatens her ruling coalition.

Speaking with uncharacteristic emotion and at times shouting down a rowdy Bundestag, the embattled German leader tried to win over critics from within her own conservative ranks.

Falling refugee numbers had ended the state of emergency that had caused her to throw open Germany’s doors to more than a million migrants in 2015, she said, Reuters reported.

Merkel needs other European countries to come to her aid in facing down a rebellion by conservative coalition allies in Bavaria’s Christian Social Union, who demand that asylum seekers registered elsewhere in the EU be barred from entering Germany.

“Europe faces many challenges, but that of migration could become the make-or-break one for the EU,” Merkel told parliament. She said she would seek deals with “a coalition of the willing” if no deal with the bloc’s 28 members was possible.

Onward migration by refugees already in the EU must be better managed under such deals, she said.

“A person seeking protection in Europe can’t choose the country in which he makes the asylum claim,” she said. “We cannot leave alone” countries, like Italy, that bear the brunt of the arrivals.

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