Europe’s interior ministers are wrangling about ways to reduce the number of refugees reaching the continent. DW interview with German interior minister Thomas de Maizière.
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière wants to continue the practice of not generally allowing refugees' family members access to Germany. The restrictions apply to refugees under subsidiary protection.
A Franco-German-led group of EU interior ministers discussing whether to extend border controls in the EU's Schengen zone said the bloc is not ready to lift them just yet. Eastern European countries had other ideas.
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.
Germans are volunteering to be monitored as part of a six-month facial recognition pilot program in Berlin. Germany's interior minister is pleased with the initial results, but critics are wary of increased surveillance.
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