German Government Steps Up Help to States in Refugee Crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the federal government will step up its assistance for the country’s 16 states as they struggle with the influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees.

The government in Berlin will take on more responsibility for incoming asylum seekers by offering states a 670 euro ($752) payment for each refugee per month, Merkel said. The chancellor expressed confidence the promised funds won’t endanger her government’s goal to maintain a balanced budget.

“The states are being confronted with enormous challenges and we need fair burden-sharing between the federal government, states and communities,” Merkel told reporters in Berlin Thursday.

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