German lawmakers have been debating revisions to the country's asylum laws. Backers of the package say authorities could then better cope with the unprecedented influx of migrants. But others argue that some measures are "immoral and illegal."
The Alternative for Germany party has introduced a bill aimed at permanently banning refugees from bringing their close relatives over from war-stricken countries. The move sparked a fiery debate in the Bundestag.
Germany's government is concerned that proposed changes to EU asylum rules will force it to take in significantly more refugees in the future, according to Der Spiegel. The reforms would also void any caps on refugees.
Parliamentarians are grappling with a new law to reunite families with migrants who have fled dire circumstances, but who don't have refugee status. Both the left and the right have concerns about its implementation.
Monday's simultaneous session of the French and German parliaments commemorated 55 years of the Elysee Treaty and seeks to bring closer cooperation between both nations. But as always, the devil is in the details.
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