Germany’s con­ser­va­tives, Greens at odds over mi­gra­tion

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BER­LIN: Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel’s con­ser­va­tives and the Greens are set­ting out con­trast­ing po­si­tions on mi­gra­tion as the prospec­tive part­ners in a new Ger­man gov­ern­ment seek com­pro­mises to en­able a coali­tion.

Merkel’s Union bloc, the probusi­ness Free Democrats and the tra­di­tion­ally left-lean­ing Greens aim to de­cide this week whether to start for­mal coali­tion ne­go­ti­a­tions. Mi­gra­tion — par­tic­u­larly whether to al­low rel­a­tives to join peo­ple granted pro­tec­tion that falls short of asy­lum — is one main stick­ing point.

Those peo­ple can’t cur­rently bring rel­a­tives to Germany, and Merkel ally Volker Kauder said there’s “no room for ma­neu­ver.”

He told Tues­day’s Pas­sauer Neue Presse news­pa­per 300,000 peo­ple could ap­ply to come.

Prom­i­nent Green Clau­dia Roth told ARD tele­vi­sion the right to a fam­ily “is a fun­da­men­tal right.”

She said it’s like­lier 50,00070,000 peo­ple would come.

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