27 January 2017
The special challenges arising from the refugee crisis in 2015 and 2016 were dealt with at the general government level. Germany’s federal system requires all levels of government to face up to their responsibilities. While approximately €21.7bn were earmarked for asylum-related expenditures in 2016, expenditures are expected to amount to approximately €21.3bn in 2017. But, to quote what German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said in the late summer of 2015, money’s not the issue here.