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Merkel would back cutting European Union tariffs on US auto imports

Merkel would back cutting European Union tariffs on US auto imports

Later in the evening, representatives of Merkel's conservative bloc and junior coalition partner Social Democrats meeting in Berlin agreed to streamline asylum procedures and to bring a revised immigration law before the Cabinet this year, said Andrea Nahles, the head of the Social Democrats.

Last week, Merkel had ensured that up to 14 European Union countries had pledged to accelerate return of registered asylum seekers in or countries arriving in Germany, including Hungary, which immediately denied having reached an agreement with Berlin about it.

The interior ministers of Austria, Germany and Italy will talk in the city of Innsbruck next week about the issue, Kurz said.

"We feel hurt that we are accused by Germany of lack of solidarity", said Orban, adding that "we protect our border with 8,000 armed soldiers for 24 hours".

Mr Orban said that Hungary would refuse to take back migrants who had travelled through the country - even if they had registered in Hungary and not in Greece.

"This continued escalation poses a serious threat to growth and recovery in all countries", WTO leader Roberto Azevêdo said in a statement. "This agreement makes it possible that our migration policy is effective, that it remains humane and that it will succeed".

German officials are laying the groundwork for the deals they will also need to reach with neighboring countries to return migrants if the plan is to have any chance of working.

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As the agreement was reached, a new poll conducted for broadcaster ARD showed broad public frustration over the issue.

This week, Merkel had a dispute with the interior Minister Gorst Segovia in which it agreed to strengthen border controls and to create a closed transit centres to accommodate migrants on the Austrian border.

Almost three-quarters of those surveyed said Seehofer had weakened German conservatives through his brinkmanship, and 78 percent said they were unhappy with the coalition's work.

Merkel, leader of Germany's Christian Democrats (CDU), was speaking at a press conference here alongside Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who is known for his anti-immigration policies.

Migrant arrivals peaked in 2015 at more than a million people, many of them fleeing the Syrian war and therefore entitled to asylum, while others were trying to escape poverty.

The announcement comes after hard negotiations between Chancellor and his Interior minister, Horst Seehofer, who agreed to establish closed migrant centres on German-Austrian border to accelerate return of asylum seekers To first community country where y were registered.