(Berlin breakthrough) Limits on migrant family membersWorld | 12 Jan 2018 8:42 pm
Some details have emerged from the 28-page draft policy document after the talks. DPA reports that the sides had agreed to keep the top tax rate at 42 percent rather than raising it to 45 percent as wanted by the Social Democrats.
An agreement was also reportedly reached to limit the number of migrant family members who will be allowed to join asylum seekers in Germany, as well as the overall number of migrants allowed in the country each year, Deutsche Welle reports. (German Chancellor Angela Merkel is flanked by Bavarian governor Horst Seehofer, left, and Social Democratic Party Chairman Martin Schulz after the exploratory talks).
Draft elements also include "full employment," boosted housing schemes, a law allowing skilled labor immigration, a nationwide support scheme for Germany's poorly developed regions, stabilized pensions — notably for low earners such as mothers, and electricity delivery based on 65 percent on renewable sources by 2030.
Germany, which voted on September 24, has been in limbo at federal government level since November's collapse of exploratory talks, declared by the liberal Free Democrats (FDP), which had been negotiating with Merkel and the Greens.
A caretaker federal government led by Merkel is still in place, Deutsche Welle reports.