The German government, supported by Angela Merkel, granted nearly 270,000 Syrians in Germany the right to bring in family members. More than a million migrants flocked to Germany in 2015 and 2016, but arrivals have dropped significantly. This new rule is expected to cause Merkel and her Party to fall in popularity in the upcoming September elections.
The German cabinet is backing a law to prohibit free speech on the Internet. Under the guise of preventing so-called fake news and hate speech, they have proposed fining social-media outlets, such as Facebook and Twitter, as much as $53 million if they fail to delete undesired content within 24 hours.