German parliament to debate consequences of Cologne sex assaults

German lawmakers who return to parliament on Monday will discuss the consequences of the mass sexual attacks in Cologne on New Year's Eve, which have triggered debates on migration and security.

It is unclear whether Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has called for tougher deportation laws in response to the crimes, will deliver a statement from her coalition government.

Police have said that the majority of the almost 400 complaints in Cologne were alleged against asylum seekers and foreigners living illegally in Germany.

It is possible that the chancellor - who is still to secure backing within her bloc for proposed legislative changes - will reference the Cologne attacks in a speech on European migration policy, dpa has learned.

Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Union is scheduled to discuss the government's response with left-leaning coalition partner, the Social Democrats, on Monday.

The parliamentary secretaries of the parties will likely form a more detailed plan of the discussions at the start of the week, with internal party debates expected to take place on Tuesday.

Last update: Sun, 10/01/2016 - 17:28
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