01 September 2016

CDU-CSU bloc says Germany needs new laws on 'child marriage'

The Christian Democrats and their Bavarian allies in the Christian Social Union are looking into measures against the problem that they have identified as " child marriage," defined as unions in which at least one partner is younger than 18 years old.

"The priority of child welfare and the equal treatment of men and women are pillars of our society and our understanding of our values," legislators from the right-wing bloc wrote in a strategy paper quoted in Thursday's edition of the "Passauer Neue Presse."

That paper estimates more than 1,000 such unions have been registered in Germany - largely connected with the influx of foreign migrants to the country over the last year.

"The annulment of foreign child marriages must be the policy going forward," the lawmakers added. "When the youth office becomes aware of a child marriage in the future, it must file a petition for annulment," they wrote. [Deutsche Welle] Read more