Refugee numbers reached an all-time high in 2014, but the Bavaria's right-wing CSU hopes to deport rejected asylum applicants within a few weeks time, saying his party is acting in “solidarity”. EURACTIV Germany reports.
In less than three weeks, Britain's David Cameron and France's Francois Hollande have set out starkly contrasting approaches to immigration, while Angela Merkel has warned fellow Germans against manipulation by far-right xenophobes.
The “Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West” (Pegida) is winning over more and more supporters, causing Germany’s Justice Minister Heiko Maas to call on all parties to openly denounce the right-wing, populist alliance. EURACTIV Germany reports.