In Brief: EU Commission unveils new asylum plan

The body's president, President Ursula von der Leyen, says it is necessary to overhaul Europe’s asylum policy as the old system “no longer works.”

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By Monika Müller-Kroll and Kate Brady

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said the EU Commission’s new asylum plan, unveiled Wednesday in Brussels, is a good start.

Seehofer told reporters that after a period of stagnation, the European Commission is now clarifying its vision of the bloc’s asylum policy going forward.

The proposal calls for faster processing of applications and more cooperation between EU member states.

It also calls for more rigorous deportation of rejected asylum-seekers.

Find out more about what German lawmakers, journalists and activists are saying about Europe’s current asylum policy in our most recent episode of “Studio Berlin,” available now on our website or wherever you get your podcasts.

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, green spaces and parks have become increasingly important to Berliners. But that also means more disposable dishes and plastic packaging.

Now the Berlin Senate has decided on a 35 million euro strategy to clean up the capital. The city’s districts and BSR, the cooperative in charge of removing city garbage, will work together on the new measures.

Some 14 million euros has been budgeted for the coming year for the regular cleaning of parks alone.

Marketing campaigns to combat littering and encourage residents to separate their trash are also included in the “Clean City” initiative.

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Germany’s budget plan for next year includes taking on new debt of around 96 billion euros. That’s the second highest borrowing in the country’s history.

Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said in a press conference on Wednesday in Berlin, that although it’s a lot of money, it’s also necessary to stabilize Germany’s economy.

The German Parliament, the Bundestag, is expected to vote on and pass the budget at the beginning of December.

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