Kurz in chilling demand for ‘Rome-Berlin-Vienna axis’ to fight immigration

Kurz in chilling demand for ‘Rome-Berlin-Vienna axis’ to fight immigration

Bavarian conservatives rejected on Thursday a compromise on migrant policy put forward by German Chancellor Angela Merkel to avert a crisis in her loveless coalition just three months after it took office. Although an event entirely comprising of US allies, Trump had angered the majority of the leaders before he had even arrived, imposing trade tariffs on European and Canadian exports.

The photo shows Merkel towering over Trump, the only person in the group who is seated, and staring him down.

Describing her impression from Trump's behavior at the summit as "disillusionment", Merkel said that "we will not allow ourselves to be deceived again and again" and that Europe will not permit the American president to do "whatever he pleases". A White House adviser later admitted that Trump's desire to appear strong was partly the reason for this move.

Merkel has said it would be illegal for Germany to take such a unilateral step and it would damage attempts to shape a comprehensive European Union migration policy.

"He learned", Mr Trump said. But Trudeau had simply reiterated points he'd made before: that Canada planned dollar-for-dollar retaliatory tariffs in response to Trump's new tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to US President Donald Trump during the second day of the G7 meeting in Charlevoix city of La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, on 9 June. "I know it didn't look friendly", Mr. Trump said at a press conference in Singapore.

European Union nations' failure to speak and act with one voice overseas is a "danger", Merkel warned, as is the fact "that we have no collective approach to the question of managing migration", vital if freedom of movement within Europe's borders is to be upheld.

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But it's Merkel's that's undoubtedly the most striking.

The group managed a common statement in which they agreed to disagree on some issues, only to have Trump disavow the document in a tweet after leaving the meeting.

Trump advisers Larry Kudlow and Peter Navarro nonetheless toed the presidential line, savaging Trudeau in Sunday show appearances over what Kudlow acknowledged were "things that the prime minister has said before, basically".

Echoing Merkel's sentiments, French President Emmanuel Macron's office said that "international cooperation can not depend on fits of anger and a few words", according to a statement published by French public broadcaster RFI.

Austria, a major transit nation on the migrants' route, and Italy rejected the argument this week, however, saying they supported Mr. Seehofer's initiative.

Salvini and Seehofer were in "full harmony on security and immigration policies", said the interior ministry in Rome after a phone call between the two ministers.

"We spent two days producing a statement and commitments", the statement said.

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