German Interior Minister on Refugee Crisis 'We Want Clarity on the Refugee Crisis by Spring'

In an interview, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière, 62, warns that the government in Berlin only has a few weeks left to solve the refugee problem. He fears that Europe's open-border policies may soon end if a solution isn't found.
Refugees in Berlin: "Everyone learns in a crisis," says Germany's interior minister of government failures in the crisis.

Refugees in Berlin: "Everyone learns in a crisis," says Germany's interior minister of government failures in the crisis.

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German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière: "We would be doing ourselves all a favor if we were to refocus on finding a solution to the challenges instead of stirring up political passions."

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière: "We would be doing ourselves all a favor if we were to refocus on finding a solution to the challenges instead of stirring up political passions."

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