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Donald Trump claims Germans are turning against government over migration

US President Donald Trump on Monday claimed that Germany's leaders were losing the support of the public over the migration issue. His untimely comments come amid a deepening split between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the leader of her coalition ally, Horst Seehofer, over asylum policy and border controls.

In a warning to the American electorate, Trump warned: "We don't want what is happening with immigration in Europe to happen with us!"

Statistics contradict Trump's remarks

Trump's comments are certain to irk German ministers, especially as Europe's largest economy recently reported the lowest crime figures in more than 25 years. The number of crimes fell almost 10 percent in 2017 over the previous year. A 22 percent reduction in non-German suspects was also noted.

Separate studies suggest that Iraqi and Syrian refugees in Germany are less likely to commit crimes, as they don't want to spoil their chances of obtaining asylum.

More than 1.6 million people have sought asylum in Germany since 2014, according to the federal statistics office. Most of them, fleeing conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, arrived at the height of the 2015 migrant crisis. At the end of 2017, there were 361,059 outstanding asylum claims in the German court system.

Rolf Mützenich, foreign affairs expert for the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), cautioned Trump against intefering in German politics.

    "As the American ambassador has done previously, Trump is trying to sway the domestic political debate in favor of right-wing conservatives and populist elements in Germany. We will not change our constitutional principles and precepts of European cooperation learnt from history to align with the 'America First' policy in Washington."

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jun 18th, 2018 at 08:17:29 PM EST

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