In the Interview: Jörg Asmussen, ECB Executive Board Member
Germany has big plans for the European Union, the chancellor told parliament on the eve of a major EU meeting, but first Germany needs a new government. Still, the other parties' responses showed how divided Germany is.
The new legislation would criminalize illegal border crossings but aims to cut the waiting time on asylum applications. Migrant rights groups have called for the bill to be withdrawn, labeling it "too repressive."
With Europe's savings commissar Wolfgang Schäuble set to be replaced by Social Democrat Olaf Scholz as the new German finance minister, hopes for a policy change are rising on the eurozone's debt-laden periphery.
A lack of EU solidarity over the refugee crisis has placed an "intolerable burden" on Italy and Greece, says Michael O'Flaherty, director of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency. He meets Michel Friedman on Conflict Zone.
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