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Germany: Merkel calls to accelerate deportations, slams regional non-compliance02:28

Germany: Merkel calls to accelerate deportations, slams regional non-compliance

Germany, Neumuenster
February 4, 2017 at 16:00 GMT -00:00 · Published

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called to accelerate deportations of migrants from Germany, speaking at the regional Christian Democratic Union's (CDU) party day in Neumuenster, Saturday. She also hit out at demands from the state government of Schleswig-Holstein for a nationwide halt to deportations, criticising their alleged non-compliance with federal orders on deporting Afghanis.

Addressing the CDU supporters and members, Merkel explained her stance on the deportation of refugees to Afghanistan, opposed by the Social Democratic Party (SPD) in Schleswig-Holstein, the ruling state party. "That is what we are working on with the [federal] states, and Schleswig-Holstein is one of the [federal] states, which refuses to cooperate in many areas. And that is not right," claimed Merkel.

Merkel went on to argue that "for many [refugees], it is even better to be able to be close to their homeland, which also accounts for African refugees," before adding that "within the next years, we will spend more on development funds [and] more [funds] for humanitarian support."

The event was picketed by the supporters of the German far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD). An antifascist counter-protest took place nearby.

Germany: Merkel calls to accelerate deportations, slams regional non-compliance02:28
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel called to accelerate deportations of migrants from Germany, speaking at the regional Christian Democratic Union's (CDU) party day in Neumuenster, Saturday. She also hit out at demands from the state government of Schleswig-Holstein for a nationwide halt to deportations, criticising their alleged non-compliance with federal orders on deporting Afghanis.

Addressing the CDU supporters and members, Merkel explained her stance on the deportation of refugees to Afghanistan, opposed by the Social Democratic Party (SPD) in Schleswig-Holstein, the ruling state party. "That is what we are working on with the [federal] states, and Schleswig-Holstein is one of the [federal] states, which refuses to cooperate in many areas. And that is not right," claimed Merkel.

Merkel went on to argue that "for many [refugees], it is even better to be able to be close to their homeland, which also accounts for African refugees," before adding that "within the next years, we will spend more on development funds [and] more [funds] for humanitarian support."

The event was picketed by the supporters of the German far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD). An antifascist counter-protest took place nearby.

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