Is Merkel saving face? Controversial Germany-Spain deal on migrants comes into force

As a Berlin-Madrid deal to send back migrants coming though Spain comes into force, critics call it a “symbolic” gesture aimed to calm the political storm in Germany but that will not solve the migrant crisis.

Germany reached a deal on Wednesday for Spain to take back previously registered migrants who show up at the German border. The move is seen as the first step towards implementing a deal which Merkel earlier reached within the ruling coalition to defuse the political dispute in Germany over migration.

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