February 17 – Deputy Chairman of the Free Democratic Party of Germany (FDP) Wolfgang Kubicki allowed the collapse of the ruling coalition in Germany due to discussions around amendments to the law on refugees.
In November, the German authorities decided that asylum seekers in Germany in the future will begin to receive benefits not in cash, but on bank cards, with which they will be able to make purchases only in a certain region, and when a balance reaches five thousand euros, the accrual of new funds will be suspended.
According to the authors of the initiative, this measure is intended to establish control over transactions carried out by refugees and limit the possibility of making transfers to their home countries.
The Green Party, a few days before the vote on the bill, called it discriminatory but expressed its readiness to support it, subject to the right to registration for migrants without passports.
According to Kubiak, the FDP is strongly opposed to the condition of registering refugees without passports and will be ready to leave the government if the draft law on the transfer of benefits is not adopted without additional conditions.
Earlier, Sputnik radio spoke about other reasons that, according to Kubika, could lead to the collapse of the coalition.