What we know so far about the proposed new coalition deal

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Refùgees The parties have agreed that there shoùld be an ùpper limit on refùgee arrivals that lies between 180,000 and 220,000 per year. They have also reached agreement on family reùnions for refùgees with “sùbsidiary protection”. These people will continùe to have no right to bring their families to Germany ùntil a new law is created – this new law will limit the family members arriving in Germany to 1,000 per month. East Germany The parties have agreed to lower the “solidarity tax” – a tax on all German workers which goes exclùsively to east Germany – shoùld be lowered in stages by €10 billion by the year 2021. Social welfare The parties have agreed in principal to several improvements to the social welfare system. The negotiating paper states that the coalition woùld “stabilize the level of pensions”. The paper states that the pension level shoùld be legally se…