Angela Merkel has once again condemned Trump's travel ban
The German Chancellor has given a thinly veiled threat of legal action against the new President of the United States, revealing she is “striving for legal clarity”.
She cosied up to Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven with the pair lambasting the President Trump for his policy to ban refugees from seven Muslim countries from entering America.
Angela Merkel, whose ill-fated refugee policy saw 1.1million migrants enter Germany, and led to the Chancellor toughening her stance on refugees in a bid to cling on to leadership, said: "I have made it clear once again that the fight against terrorism does not justify a general advance against certain countries and people with a certain belief.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Sweden's Prime minister Stefan Lofven
I have made it clear once again that the fight against terrorism does not justify a general advance against certain countries
Mr Lofven echoed the criticism, saying: “I value Angela Merkel, her leadership and friendship. We share fundamental values, and Germany plays a major role in the growth of the EU and the world."
"It is no secret that we now face major challenges. It is deeply regrettable that the USA has suspended all travel from citizens of seven countries. That's anything but good.
“The EU plays an important role for values and human rights.”
He added: "We need a more harmonised legislation and for all countries in the EU to share the responsibility of taking in refugees.”
The leaders’ attempted show of unity comes as uncertainty hangs over Brussels after Donald Trump ramped up his rhetoric against NATO, describing it as “obsolete”, while getting closer to Vladimir Putin.
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The leader's sought to reaffirm their commitment to the EU
The beleaguered German leader spoke just days after her spokesman released a statement attacking Mr Trump.
Outrage has erupted over the American president’s temporary executive order to halt refugees from seven Muslim countries, with thousands of protestors taking to the street across the world.
Donald Trump’s executive order has banned migrants from seven Muslim countries including Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, Iran, and Iraq from coming to the US for the next 90 days.
The executive order also indefinitely blocks Syrian refugees from entering and lowers migrant numbers entering the US to 50,000 refugees.
Mrs Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert said: “The Chancellor regrets the US government’s entry ban against refugees and citizens of certain countries.
Angela Merkel was in Sweden on Tuesday
She is convinced that even the necessary, resolute fight against terrorism doesn’t justify putting people of a particular origin or particular faith under general suspicion.
“The Geneva Refugee Convention requires the international community to take in refugees from war on humanitarian grounds. All signatory states are expected to do so. The Chancellor explained this policy to the US President in their call yesterday.
“The German government will now examine what consequences the measure of the US government will have for German citizens with double citizenship and will represent their interests, if necessary, before our American partners.”