United States President Donald Trump has attacked the German government’s approach to immigration, as he comes under pressure over his own crackdown on migrants.
Mr Trump said German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition looked “tenuous”.
Mrs Merkel is in the middle of a serious domestic row after defending her government’s immigration policy.
Meanwhile, Mr Trump has adopted a highly criticised “zero-tolerance” approach, which has split families crossing the Mexican border.
That position has been condemned by many, including former First Lady Laura Bush – wife of Republican ex-president George Bush – who wrote about it in the Washington Post newspaper.
“[Trump’s] zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart,” she wrote, citing stories of children held in detention centres. In a series of tweets, the president defended his stance. “We don’t want what is happening with immigration in Europe to happen with us!” he said.