German conservatives against UN migration pact

There are growing reservations within Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) about Germany signing onto the United Nations’ migration pact.

Marian Wendt, a CDU lawmaker and member of the Bundestag’s home affairs committee, told DW on Tuesday that he was concerned that the compact did not distinguish between economic migrants and asylum-seekers, and was annoyed with the German Foreign Ministry for failing to communicate the purpose of the agreement properly.

The non-legally binding Global Compact for Migration was finalized in July and is set to be adopted by UN member states in December.