Mr. Alexander says the move fuelled "anxiety about migration" throughout Europe and helped sow the seeds of Brexit and the election of U.S. President Donald J. Trump.
The United States will release its Labour Market Conditions Index for February tonight, after having announced steady jobs growth last Friday.
Many European allies have been rattled by Trump's positive statements about Putin and the meeting will come amid questions about Trump associates' connections to Russian Federation. Is the German leader the new leader of the West?
As Trump has done with other world leaders in recent weeks, he will host Merkel for a bilateral meeting and joint news conference.
De Maizière shared the information with Merkel, who called for the border to remain open just hours before it was scheduled to close.
Modi's party set for landslide win in India's most populous state
It can gloat about Punjab, which it has swept, and possibly about Manipur and Goa where it might be able to form governments. Some of Modi's key reforms, such as a nationwide sales tax, have come unstuck in the Rajya Sabha where BJP lacks majority.
"Trump will also be interested in hearing Merkel's views on her experience with Russia's President Vladimir Putin", Reuters reported. Merkel can mostly negotiate on this point from a position of strength-given Germany's record on promoting renewables-but one pressure point may be her lobbying of USA regulators to relax environmental standards for German diesel cars. "I will of course point out that for us, our country and our membership in the European Union are two sides of the same coin", Merkel said in Brussels ahead of the visit.
Merkel, however, will need to look past Trump's past comments, when he accused her of "ruining Germany" because of her acceptance of refugees.
The Washington meeting would also allow for "an exchange of bilateral and worldwide topics, and transatlantic ties, as we have always stressed, are very important", added Merkel's spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer. Talks will include Germany and France's efforts to address Russia's incursion in Ukraine and what role the USA can play.
White House officials said Trump's initial opinion of Putin is operative.