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German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a news conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg after a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin Friday

Ahead of Macron meeting, Merkel insists migration needs 'European answer'

Many economists agree with Macron that fundamental reforms are needed to strengthen the eurozone and insulate the single currency - the most potent symbol of Europe's integration - from future crises, like the 2010-13 sovereign debt contagion that almost tore the euro apart.

Dr Merkel, under pressure at home where her conservatives are divided on how to curb migrant arrivals, said she was optimistic her government and Parliament would back the euro zone reforms.

Otherwise, Berlin would introduce right after the summit a unilateral ban on refugees already registered in other EU states, said the junior governing Christian Social Union, which holds the interior ministry.

Italy wants to adapt current European Union asylum guidelines in favour of "a new approach that is more harmonious, so that whoever sets foot in Italy, sets foot in Europe", Conte said.

But it is not granted she will be able to save her leadership with the help of the EU.

Macron echoed her words: "We believe in a European answer to the challenges that migration poses for us", he said, adding that for him all 28 member states had to be involved, according to dpa.

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This comment was made after it emerged that Germany's interior minister Horst Seehofer, leader of the CSU Party which has formed a coalition with Merkel's own CDU, is calling for tougher immigration laws in defiance of the Chancellor's existing stance on the matter.

Last week, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel admitted in a weekly podcast that the outcome of the row over immigration could be "decisive" for keeping Europe together.

The White House has yet to provide ABC News with the source of the information the president cited in claiming that there is a 10 percent-plus crime increase in Germany.

Monday's fictions over migration came ironically while the European Union's asylum office said the number of people applying for global protection in Europe had plunged, though it remained higher than before 2015. A last-minute reprieve gives Merkel until July 1 to convince fellow European leaders to come up with a comprehensive policy to seal Europe's borders to unbridled migration.

Matteo Salvini, interior minister in the anti-establishment government that took office this month in Rome, has adopted a policy of blocking foreign humanitarian boats from Italian ports, which has triggered heated exchanges with France and the Netherlands.

Mrs Merkel's hopes are to see European Union member states agree to a new bloc-wide asylum reform or at least a bilateral solution with some European Union countries.

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The CSU is more conservative than Merkel's CDU and its paramount aim is to maintain its dominance in Bavaria.


"The situation is serious but it can be overcome", he wrote, adding clinching an European Union deal at a June 28-29 summit was crucial. And she has stuck to her insistence that there needs to be a European-wide solution to migration issues, despite a lack of progress so far. She has also called for a "national effort" to ensure that rejected asylum-seekers leave Germany.

Since peaking in 2015, the migrants' use of the Balkan route toward Western Europe has been impaired in part by Hungary's construction of razor-wire fences on its southern borders.

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