Union urges SPD to further suspend family reunification for refugees. From March, refugees with limited protection status can again apply for family reunification. The Union wants to prevent this and is now putting pressure on the SPD. It is a central issue in the probe of a possible new grand coalition: but the Union wants to persuade the SPD. The family reunification for refugees is suspended until mid-March and while CDU/CSU want to extend it further, the SPD refuses it. Meanwhile, on the third day of explorations between the Union and the SPD for a new Grand Coalition government, further agreements are emerging. The negotiating partners agreed, on a law for the management of skilled labor immigration to Germany.
German prosecutors are preparing the paperwork to extradite former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont back to Spain