Germany threatens aid cuts over asylum seeker returns

German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel threatened on Sunday to end development aid to countries that refuse to take back rejected asylum seekers, a response to failings which kept the suspected Berlin attacker from being deported.

The warning was aimed in particular at Tunisia - the home nation of Anis Amri, who was suspected of plowing a lorry into a Berlin Christmas market last month in an attack that killed 12 people - and at north African nations in general.

Germany rejected Amri's asylum application last June, but Tunis initially denied he was a Tunisian citizen, blocking him from being sent home.

Source: VOV5