Germany: CDU and SPD reach 'breakthrough' on refugee family reunion

Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) reportedly reached 'breakthrough' in grand coalition negotiations with their potential partners, the Social Democratic Party (SPD), on refugee family reunion, in Berlin on Tuesday. Volker Bouffier of the CDU stressed that «what we have achieved today was an important step. It is still not a complete solution, but I think it is a breakthrough... Еще.» In turn, Parliamentary Leader of CDU's sister party, Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU), Alexander Dobrindt noted, «We will continue the suspension of family reunions. It will be abolished by August 1. And on humanitarian grounds, we will allow up to 1,000 people a month.» During the coalition negotiations, CDU and SPD have reportedly agreed that the number of reunions for refugee families would be capped at 1,000 people a month. The current suspension on reunions for refugees with subsidiary protection is expected to expire on July 31.

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