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    'Not Enough': Merkel's Refugee Plan Insufficient in Tackling Migrant Crisis

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    German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s steps to alleviate the migrant crisis are insufficient in addressing the issue, the general secretary of the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU), Andreas Scheuer, said Tuesday.

    BERLIN (Sputnik) – On Monday, Merkel unveiled Germany’s first ever general migration plan, which includes allocating funds for winter housing, accelerating asylum applications, increasing the numbers of volunteers helping migrants, as well as creating additional federal police jobs.

    "It is an important intermediary step. But it is not enough. The main problem of the extreme influx of refugees remains," Sheuer said in an interview with the Bild tabloid.

    German Vice Chancellor and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel warned on Monday that the migrant crisis would be replicated every year unless the European Union adopted a unified refugee policy.

    Around 20,000 asylum seekers entered Germany over the weekend, while the country expects to take in a total of around 800,000 refugees in 2015. Berlin has been vying for fair refugee quotas to be assigned to all EU member states, with some Eastern European countries opposing mandatory resettlement.

    European Commissioner Jean-Claude Juncker is expected to submit a new quota system proposal on Wednesday, whereby EU member states would be asked to accept 160,000 migrants, including the 40,000 announced this spring.

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