A migrant holds a picture of German Chancellor Angela Merkel after the arrival of refugees at the main train station in Munich, southern Germany, 15 September 2015

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The German authorities opened its arms to refugees in 2015

French President Francois Hollande has dismissed stinging criticism of Germany’s liberal migrant coverage by US President-elect Donald Trump.

“[Europe] has no want for out of doors recommendation to inform it what it has to do,” Mr Hollande mentioned.

Mr Trump had accused German Chancellor Angela Merkel of “a catastrophic mistake” in permitting mass migration.

Mrs Merkel mentioned the EU ought to resolve for itself and US State Secretary John Kerry questioned Mr Trump’s comment.

“I assumed, frankly, it was inappropriate for a president-elect of the US to be entering into the politics of different international locations in a fairly direct method,” he informed CNN.

“He’ll have to talk for that. As of Friday [when Mr Trump is inaugurated as president] he is accountable for that relationship.”

Mr Trump additionally prompted alarm among Nato leaders by saying the alliance was “out of date”, and he threatened German car makers with high import tariffs in the event that they moved manufacturing to Mexico.

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‘Declaration of struggle’

In an interview for UK and German press, Mr Trump mentioned the EU had develop into “mainly a car for Germany”.

Referring to the German chancellor’s response to an inflow of refugees and different irregular migrants in 2015, when greater than one million individuals have been accepted, he mentioned: “I believe she made one very catastrophic mistake and that was taking all of those illegals…”

Mrs Merkel responded by saying the EU needed to take accountability for itself. “We Europeans have our destiny in our personal fingers,” she mentioned in Berlin.

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Outgoing US ambassador Jane Hartley acquired the Legion of Honour from Mr Hollande

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Mrs Merkel mentioned the EU ought to shoulder its personal tasks

In Paris, Mr Hollande mentioned the EU was “able to pursue transatlantic cooperation” however it might be primarily based on “its pursuits and values”.

He spoke as he was adorning the outgoing US Ambassador, Jane Hartley, with the Legion of Honour.

One other French Socialist politician, Mr Hollande’s former Prime Minister Manuel Valls, mentioned Mr Trump’s remarks constituted a “declaration of struggle on Europe”.

Media caption”It is so chilly at night time” – Greece’s refugee camps have been uncovered to sub-zero temperatures

Mr Valls is trailing his occasion rivals within the race to face for president in French elections later this 12 months.

The far-right Nationwide Entrance chief Marine Le Pen, a Trump admirer, is anticipated to do effectively within the first spherical.

‘Commerce take care of UK’

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Mr Trump marked Martin Luther King Day on Monday by receiving the late civil rights chief’s son, Martin Luther King III, at Trump Tower in New York

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Stacks of safety fencing could possibly be seen close to the US Capitol in Washington in preparation for Friday’s inauguration

Mr Trump linked the migrant challenge with Brexit, suggesting it was a cause UK voters had opted to depart the EU.

He promised a quick trade deal between the US and the UK however a European Fee spokeswoman reiterated that the UK wouldn’t be allowed to have interaction in formal talks involving a commerce take care of the US till 2019, after leaving the EU.

Elsewhere in his interview, Mr Trump

  • Mentioned Russia’s navy intervention in Syria had been “a really unhealthy factor” which had created a “horrible humanitarian scenario”
  • Mentioned Afghanistan was “going badly” whereas the offensive to retake Mosul from so-called Islamic State in Iraq had turned out to be a catastrophe
  • Likened the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 to “throwing rocks right into a beehive”
  • Promised to “maintain” Twitter as president, saying, “I can go bing, bing bing” and reply to “dishonest” information

A be aware on terminology: The BBC makes use of the time period migrant to discuss with all individuals on the transfer who’ve but to finish the authorized technique of claiming asylum. This group consists of individuals fleeing war-torn international locations equivalent to Syria, who’re more likely to be granted refugee standing, in addition to people who find themselves searching for jobs and higher lives, who governments are more likely to rule are financial migrants.