German conservatives call for age tests of minors seeking asylum Jan 03, 2018 0 37 12345 REUTERSBERLINThe Bavarian allies of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party on Tuesday said minors seeking asylum should undergo medical age tests, a measure the German Medical Association said could be a violation of ethics.A debate about verifying the ages of unaccompanied minors seeking asylum has intensified since last week, after the fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old German girl by a suspect identified by police as her former boyfriend, an Afghan migrant.The suspect's documents say he is 15, but the girl's father told German media he believed the migrant was older.Germany is undergoing a fierce national discussion over migration since Chancellor Angela Merkel accepted more than a million migrants in 2015, mainly fleeing conflicts in the Middle East. In an election in September, the issue helped bring the far-right AfD party into parliament for the first time.In the past three years, German authorities have registered nearly 70,000 unaccompanied minors seeking asylum. Critics of government policy have argued that some of them may not be minors, and could be falsifying their ages to qualify for extra benefits and protection from deportation.Immigration is likely to be a major issue as Merkel seeks to renew a coalition agreement with the centre-left SDP party, after both her ruling conservatives and the SDP lost votes in the election. The Bavarian CSU party, which is part of her conservative bloc, has sought a tougher line in particular.A CSU draft resolution calls for mandatory tests for minors seeking asylum when there is doubt about their ages."I believe that we will require in the future, from all allegedly underage refugees for whom we have specific doubts about their minority, a compulsory medical assessment on entering" the country, said Stephan Mayer, a CSU domestic policy expert. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES German far-right lawmaker faces police complaint over hate tweet Jan 03, 2018 0 403 France vows crackdown after New Year attack on police Jan 03, 2018 0 48 France to instal phones in prison cells in bold shift Jan 03, 2018 0 35 Moldovan court suspends president's powers over minister refusal Chisinau The Moldovan constitutional court temporarily suspended the powers of President Igor Dodon on Tuesday following his refusal to approve the appointment of several pro-Europe ministers. Dodon repeatedly .. Police probe Berlin knife attacker for Islamist motive Berlin Police said Tuesday they were unable to rule out an Islamist background after a"deranged" Syrian knifeman was arrested over an attack in one of Berlin's underground stations. Witnesses said the .. French President Macron to visit China next week Beijing French President Emmanuel Macron will visit China for 3 days starting Jan 8, the Chinese foreign ministry said Tuesday, after the young leader declared the need for a stronger Europe to"face China". This will be .. Monkeys killed in UK safari park blaze AFP London A British safari park's entire troop of 13 Patas monkeys was killed in a fire that ripped through their shelter on Tuesday. Woburn Safari Park in Bedfordshire, southern England, said staff were .. Bulgaria president vetoes anti-corruption law REUTERS SOFIA President Rumen Radev on Tuesday vetoed anti-graft legislation passed by Bulgaria's parliament, saying the bill failed to offer the means to effectively investigate corruption networks. Radev .. Britain wants financial services included in EU trade deal: Davis REUTERS LONDON Britain wants to include financial services in a trade deal with the European Union which covers a full sweep of economic areas, Brexit minister David Davis said on Tuesday. Davis said that any deal that ..