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tagesschau.de - Germany | Monday, January 18, 2016

Berlin must cooperate with Maghreb states

The government in Berlin wants to speed up deportations of asylum seekers from Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia whose applications have been rejected. Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel threatened in an interview to suspend development aid for countries that refuse to take back refugees. Cooperation based on an egalitarian approach would be better, public-service news website tagesschau.de admonishes: "Algeria and Morocco are important partners for Europe and Germany when it comes to cooperation on security - and in particular on counter-terrorism measures and exchange of information. And both governments tend to react badly to external pressure. Threats are no good here. … Spain has shown how one can work more closely with Morocco and considerable improve collaboration: there are regular consultations between the governments. … Pointing your finger at other countries in televised interviews is not the way to do successful politics."

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