A local politician from Bavaria dispatched a bus with Syrian refugees to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office in protest against her liberal refugee policies. Refugee support organizations criticized the trip as a stunt exploiting migrants.
The two leaders discussed Syria, the conflict in Ukraine, the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and the Iran nuclear deal. Merkel was critical on press and cultural freedom as well as a ceasefire breach in Ukraine.
There was plenty of turmoil to fuel a heated debate in the first open session of the current German parliament. But people expecting new strategies from Angela Merkel were likely disappointed, DW's Sabine Kinkartz says.
During her trip, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will get a picture of technological progress in China's tech hub of Shenzhen. DW's Frank Sieren says it’s Germany's last wake-up call before China takes the lead.
Germany's migration office is looking into the asylum decisions taken by a number of its branches, a report says. Its branch in the city of Bremen is already under investigation for alleged improper asylum approvals.
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