Germans should vote in referendums on European policy decisions, as well as committing money at the EU level. That's the proposal that came out of coalition talks between the Social Democrats and conservatives.
In a slight to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, new Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said Islam is not part of German culture. His comments underscore his efforts to push the government to the right.
The newly appointed interior minister has again caused controversy by calling for tighter internal border controls, just as the EU wants them to be eased. The EU was failing to control the external border, he said.
Angela Merkel faces the awkward task of persuading Germans she has something new to offer during her fourth term as chancellor. So can a 12-year veteran still change her leadership style?
The incoming interior minister has said he has a "master plan for faster asylum procedures, and more consistent deportations." He also said there was a need for a strong state to protect Germany's liberal values.
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