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A documentary about a Syrian refugee living in Germany with his two wives and six kids has angered many. Not only is polygamy against German law, but one wife married at 13 – and the family live on state handouts.

The Spiegel TV film was aired over the weekend, telling the story of 32-year-old Ahmad A. who fled the fighting in Syria’s Aleppo back in 2015 with his large family, and found a safe haven in Schleswig-Holstein, northern Germany.

The man lives in a two-story house provided by the community with two wives and six children. Despite polygamy being illegal in Germany, Ahmad was allowed to bring his second wife into the country as she is the mother of four of his kids.

Matteo Salvini has accused Angela Merkel of following only the German agenda and ignoring the fact that her strategy is no good for other EU states, including Italy.

« Angela Merkel has been criticized abroad, since she puts the interests of German citizens and the German economy above the interests of the whole [European] Union. This strategy, that is probably good for Germany, has caused damage to Italy, » Matteo Salvini, the leader of the right-wing Italian party Lega Nord, told DPA.

In his opinion, Italy had to agree with EU-related decisions without any chance of influencing them, which is completely wrong, the politician argued.

« We often have an impression that we are only being consulted about accomplished facts and have no chance to influence the decisions that set the direction for Europe, » Salvini stated.

GERMAN influence is rising within the EU after Martin Selmayr was appointed to the post of secretary-general of the European Commission, meaning the country now holds the position in three of the bloc’s most powerful institutions. Mr Selmayr will switch his role as European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s chief of staff to be Brussels’ top civil servant when he moves to his new post on March 1, replacing the retiring Alexander Italianer. Germans Martin Selmayr, Klaus Wolle and Helga Schmid all occupy powerful positions in the EU.
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