Sharing Burdens Germany to Urge Shift in EU Refugee Policy

The number of asylum-seekers in Germany is growing rapidly and many towns and cities are struggling to house them. The country's interior minister is pushing for changes to the EU's refugee policies in an effort to share the burden across the continent.
Von SPIEGEL Staff
Children of asylum-seekers play football at a refugee reception center in Zirndorf, Bavaria, in this 2012 archive photo.

Children of asylum-seekers play football at a refugee reception center in Zirndorf, Bavaria, in this 2012 archive photo.

Foto: Daniel Karmann/ dpa
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière (fifth from the right) stands with religious leaders on Friday inside the Eyüp Sultan Camii Mosque in Ronnenberg near Hanover. "We can't solve all the world's poverty problems in our country," says de Maizière.

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière (fifth from the right) stands with religious leaders on Friday inside the Eyüp Sultan Camii Mosque in Ronnenberg near Hanover. "We can't solve all the world's poverty problems in our country," says de Maizière.

Foto: Julian Stratenschulte/ dpa