Heinrich Bedford-Strohm -- theologian, Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria, and Chairman of the Church Conference of the Evangelical Church in Germany -- calls on people to stand together and assist the weak and downtrodden.
Cologne cardinal Rainer Woelki has used his Christmas sermon to call on the government to provide more affordable housing. He said it was "cynical" that property had increasingly become just a means to financial profit.
The far-right Identitarian youth movement has called on its members to become guardians for underage refugees. The provocative action has been condemned by German authorities.
The German government and businesses should do more to get refugees into the job market, local councils have said. Regional authorities say they are too often left with the task of integration.
The head of Austria's nationalist Freedom Party wants to place refugees in army barracks. Critics are appalled. But this isn't the first time the FPÖ has made headlines with populist campaigns.
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