Merkel’s Bavarian ally wants more money to cope with refugees

By Michael Nienaber BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany needs to double its financial support to federal states struggling with a surge of refugees and tougher rules are needed to prevent the abuse of asylum procedures, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Bavarian ally said on Sunday. Germany expects a record-breaking flow of asylum-seekers this year as growing numbers flee conflicts and poverty in the Middle East and Africa. “We need a massive increase in funds, the federal government has to do significantly more than hitherto,” Seehofer told the newspaper Welt am Sonntag.

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