Merkel government says no plan to make immigrants speak German at home

December 8, 2014 2:32 PM

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BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government distanced itself on Monday from a much-ridiculed proposal by Bavarian conservatives that immigrant families should be obliged to speak German at home if they wanted to remain in the country.

The proposal by the Christian Social Union (CSU), sister party of Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU), prompted outrage after it emerged at the weekend, with newspapers calling it discriminatory and cartoonists poking fun at the idea.

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