Germany proved to be a particularly popular destination for migrants, largely due to German Chancellor Angela Merkel's open-door migration policy and the generous welfare packages offered by the country.
A photo provided by the pro-regime Syrian Central Military Media shows anti-aircraft fire rise into the sky as Israeli missiles hit air defense positions and other military bases around Damascus, Syria, on May 10, 2018, after the Israeli military says Iranian forces launched a rocket barrage against Israeli bases on the Golan Heights, in the most serious military confrontation between the two bitter enemies to date.
It is unclear whether Chancellor Merkel can count on public opinion to bolster President Macron's chances to win the day in Brussels.
Using the occasion of an award ceremony in Aachen where he received the prestigious Charlemagne prize for efforts in boosting European Union integration and cohesion, Macron made an impassioned plea to Merkel to take swift action.
Germany, France and Britain will "do everything" to ensure that Iran remains in the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed during the meeting, a day after the U.S. pulled out of the accord.
"We will work collectively on a broader framework, covering nuclear activity, the post-2025 period, ballistic activity, and stability in the Middle-East, notably Syria, Yemen, and Iraq", Macron added.
In recent months, the region has been facing the growing Iran-Israel rivalry in Syria.
Merkel told Iran's President Hassan Rouhani in a telephone call on Thursday that she supported maintaining the nuclear accord as long as Tehran upholds its side of the deal. However, it stressed that no part of the 2015 agreement is up for negotiation. "But let's be honest: Europe is still in its infancy with regard to the common foreign policy". Receiving a round of applause, Merkel stated: "Rather, Europe needs to take its fate into its own hands".
"And it will be existentially necessary to make progress here because the nature of the conflicts has completely changed since the end of the Cold War".
Europe must take its destiny into its own hands, said Merkel. "That's the task for the future".
Critics of the Macron reform agenda in Germany see calls for a Eurozone finance minister, a budget, a banking union, a parliament, investment and social transfer policy tools as violating German sovereignty. Frenchman Emmanuel Macron secondeded This angry reaction: "Some powers have chose to break his word: We are faced with great threats and Europe has a duty to maintain peace and stability in region".