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."
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has met with Pope Francis for the first time since becoming head of state. Among the issues discussed were refugees and the electoral success of the far-right AfD.
After over two years, Berlin said it's still not ready to stop temporary passport controls at the Austrian border. The Interior Ministry cited fears of a terrorist attack and unbridled migration for the prolonged checks.
The European Parliament's chief has backed a German proposal to harmonize asylum benefits across the bloc. Germany's interior minister argues that generous asylum conditions have a "pull effect" drawing asylum-seekers.
The Day of German Unity takes place as Germany struggles with internal problems in the wake of parliamentary elections. What's more, the country must also position itself internationally, writes DW's Ines Pohl.
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