While politicians in Berlin argue about Chancellor Angela Merkel's refugee policy, ordinary people across Germany are stepping in to look after new arrivals. DW has been to the border town of Passau to speak to the volunteers making it all possible.
Locals lost faith in Germany's federal authorities when tens of thousands of refugees entered Bavaria in the summer of 2015. Now the southern state plans to reinstate its border guard.
In his first speech in parliament, Germany's new interior minister said the country needs a 'strong state' to protect its citizens. He reiterated his call for tighter internal border controls.
Two years ago, tens of thousands of refugees crossed the Austrian border into Germany. DW's Nina Haase and Sumi Somaskanda traveled to the border region and asked if the newcomers feel welcome today.
The CSU, sister-party to Angela Merkel's CDU, is holding its annual Bavarian retreat to meditate on the conditions for upcoming coalition talks. The conservative party is likely to make a few tough immigration demands.
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