Merkel not told of plans to change asylum rules

2015-11-11 17:51
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Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel was not warned in advance of the interior ministry's decision to resume the reinforcement of rules that would allow refugees who reach Germany to be sent to other EU countries, says the chancellor's spokesperson.

The decision was taken entirely by the interior ministry, said Christiane Wirtz.

However, the decision to return to the Dublin Regulation, by which asylum seekers can be returned to the EU country where they were first registered, should not be taken as a reversal from Germany's recent policy of welcoming refugees, says Wirtz.

"It has nothing to do with any kind of change in any form of our policies," she says, noting the return to the Dublin standards is simply a sign that EU rules are still in force.

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