Conservative politician Jens Spahn has spoken out in favor of banning the burqa in Germany, claiming it represents the “opposite of an open society.” He made the comments during an interview with DW.
German Cabinet members have agreed to the main points of a new skilled immigration law, according to media reports. But leading politicians disagree on offering job prospects to well-integrated immigrants denied asylum.
Denmark is set to build a fence along the German border in a bid to keep out swine fever. Critics say it won't work, harms wildlife and may only be a symbolic gesture to cater to farmers and anti-immigrant sentiment.
At school, Jens Spahn said he aimed to become chancellor one day. At 22, he won a seat in Germany's parliament. Today, critics of Angela Merkel's centrist approach in the CDU are pinning their hopes on the 37-year-old.
Proponents say the bill would save citizens some €8 billion in premiums. Lawmakers said the new bill was just; employers, however, called it a "socio-political sin," saying it would cost businesses €5 billion annually.
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