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'Germany needs 500,000 new immigrants every year'

Germany is grappling with a ticking demographic time bomb. The Local spoke with FDP politician Christian Dürr who says immigration is the key to the country's future.

As a society, we are living longer – and that's a good thing. But there is a lot of debate over how to stop Germany's welfare system buckling under the pressure of an ageing population.

The Local spoke with Christian Dürr, deputy chairman of the pro-business Free Democrats' (FDP) parliamentary group, who recently wrote a guest commentary for German daily Die Welt on the country's need for more newcomers.

The Local: How important is immigration to Germany and why?

Christian Dürr: Immigration is essential to Germany‘s future. We are the second-oldest country in the world, and soon will experience a huge retirement wave. Our birth rates are low, so without immigration the country will regress. At the same time, immigration fosters diversity, which in turn makes us a better country and a better society.

You mentioned the pension system being at breaking point in your commentary for Die Welt. Why do you think this?

Our pension system is pay as you go – the current working generation is paying directly into the pension fund that distributes money to pensioners. The system worked perfectly back in the 1950s, but over the years the balance of working people to pensioners has skewed dramatically toward the latter. Soon, additional subsidies were necessary to guarantee pension payments. Today, that subsidy is more than €100 billion, roughly a third of our federal budget in 2020. This is neither sustainable nor fair to the future generations.

How many new immigrants do you think Germany needs every year?

In the article you mentioned earlier, I wrote that 500,000 immigrants were needed per year. That‘s roughly the amount we need to counter the demographic change. One crucial point, though: we need to make sure that people get direct access to our labour market, and we need to attract skilled labour more ambitiously. Unfortunately, our government has failed to address this issue.

You say the current immigration laws are not working. Why?

Because they‘re way too complicated! When I hear stories of people waiting for a year to have their embassy meetings, when they tell me about the mountain of paperwork they need to comb through, I get the feeling the government is actively trying to make the system as difficult as possible. We need to target skilled workers in a way that Canada does, for instance.

You mentioned that integrated workers in Germany are being deported while criminals are not. Do you have any examples of this? Why do you think this is happening?

A few months ago, a logistics company reached out to me. One of their employees, a Pakistani refugee who had started working in their Headquarters, was about to be deported. He decided to flee Pakistan due to religious persecution and knew he couldn’t go back any time soon. In Germany, he learned the language, worked his way up within the company and made friends in the town he got moved to. After two years the government deported him because his refugee status expired.

The government passed new laws recently to attract foreign skilled vocational workers with German language skills and to make it easier for rejected asylum seekers to evade an ordered deportation. Do you think this will help the situation?

That bill was a huge disappointment to anyone who wants a sensible immigration policy. All it did was tinkering with minor immigration guidelines that increase immigration by 25.000 per year - that‘s five percent of what we need. It completely ignored the way we decide who to deport and failed to address the underlying issues in our immigration system.

What kind of immigration laws do you think Germany needs?

Sensible ones! We need to start differentiating between the different reasons for immigration – asylum, refuge, economic immigration. And it has to be transparent, so that people not only in Germany, but everywhere in the world know who gets to move here to stay, and who does not.

What do you think will happen if there is no change?

We‘ll get older as a country, and will fall behind as a society as well as an economy. The longer we don’t address the obvious issues, the stronger the far right will get – if we fail to facilitate legal immigration, illegal immigration will rise. Right-wing parties will get stronger, and we will get weaker as a country and as a European Union.
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German police raid 'Islamists' suspected of violent attack plot

German police carried out raids on suspected Islamist militants across the country early Tuesday, over allegations they were plotting a violent attack, Berlin prosecutors said.

German authorities are on high alert for Islamist threats to Europe's most populous country, which has in recent years suffered several attacks.

"On suspicion of planning a serious violent act endangering the state, search warrants are being executed in Berlin, Brandenburg, North Rhine-Westphalia and Thuringia," the Berlin attorney general's office said via Twitter.

The probe "targets suspects of Chechen origin from the Islamist scene," it later added.

The alleged militants of Chechen origin are aged between 23 and 28 and "suspected of having scouted locations for a possible Islamist attack", Berlin police said in a statement.

The suspicions were prompted by pictures found on the mobile phone of one of the suspects during a routine police check, it added.

Some 180 officers took part in the raids, during which they confiscated cash, hard drives and knives.

"Based on the current information, there was not yet any concrete danger of an attack," police said.

Germany's deadliest attack was a truck rampage through a Berlin Christmas market in December 2016 that left 12 people dead.

The attacker, Tunisian asylum seeker Anis Amri, hijacked a truck and murdered its Polish driver before killing another 11 people and wounding dozens more by ploughing the vehicle into a festive market in central Berlin.

He was shot dead by Italian police in Milan four days later while on the run.

Since then, German authorities have thwarted nine attacks believed to have radical Islamist motives, according to the head of the Federal Crime Office (BKA), Holger Münch.

Most recently, police in the western city of Offenbach arrested three men in November 2019 for allegedly planning a bomb attack in the name of Islamic State.

That same month, a Syrian was arrested in Berlin accused of having procured key components for an explosive device and discussing bomb-making tips with other suspected Islamists in an online chat group.

Germany's security services estimate there are around 11,000 Islamic radicals in Germany, some 680 who are deemed particularly dangerous and capable of using violence -- a five-fold increase since 2013.

Around 150 of these potentially dangerous individuals have been detained for various offences.
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BUH BYE! Hundreds of thousands of native German citizens are fleeing the country, the direct result of mass Muslim immigration

Hundreds of thousands of German citizens have left the country in the three years since the height of the 2015 migrant crisis, according to statistics from the German federal government’s newly-released 2018 migration report.

From 2005 to 2015, the year of the migrant crisis, Germany saw an average negative emigrant balance — the total number of German nationals leaving against those returning to the country — of around 39,000 but that number has ballooned in recent years to nearly 100,000 per year from 2016 to 2018, Die Welt reports.

2018 also saw a high level of net immigration with 460,000 more immigrants than emigrants. The largest group, 195,000 people, came from other European Union member-states, while Syrians topped the list for countries in Asia.
German politician is happy that German citizens (whom he labels as “Nazis”) are leaving:

According to the Central Register of Foreigners (AZR), a total of 526,000 non-EU foreigners moved to Germany in 2018, 97,000 coming via “family reunification” — chain migration.

As a result of the high levels of immigration and of German citizens leaving the country, around a quarter of the German population are either foreign-born or have a parent who is born overseas.

When broken down into age groups, the oldest demographics have the most native Germans, while the youngest age groups are much heavier in migration-background individuals. In certain areas, such as Western Germany, nearly half, or 42 per cent, of children under six years old come from migration backgrounds.
A study by the Federal Institute for Population Research highlighted the exceptionally low birth rates in Germany as a huge factor in the country’s rapid demographic changes, explaining: “No other country in the world has had such low birth rates over such a long period of time.”

Germany has seen an average birthrate of around 1.5 children per woman for nearly 40 years since 1975. Among the 788,000 births in Germany in 2018, 105,000 were children without German citizenship — nearly double the number of 2014.
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Germany: Convicted sex offenders allowed to visit brothels as ‘therapy’

By LUIS FERNANDEZ

Sex criminals in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia have been allowed to visit prostitutes in brothels for “therapeutic reasons”.

The Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe (LWL) confirmed Friday’s report from Der Spiegel which said that patients at the psychiatric clinic in the penal system of Lippstad-Eickelborn were permitted to visit prostitutes in brothels as a part of their therapy, Kronen Zeitung reports.

While there are no plans to discontinue this practice at present, the clinic admitted that the prostitutes working at the brothels were not informed as to what kind of people they were dealing with. The clinic told the German press that the visits were meant to socialize the sex offenders to women.

The “therapeutic technique” has also been tried in the Osnabrück penal system in Lower Saxony in 2001. In this particular therapy experiment, a prostitute was brought to the clinic so that intellectually impaired sex offenders could practice sex free of violence.

Rüdiger Müller-Isberner, a former director of law enforcement in the state of Hesse, referred to the allegedly therapeutic practices as “absurd” and “ethically questionable”.

In light of the revelations, both the Green Party and Christian Democratic Union (CDU) announced they would be looking into the details of the program in the future.

Prostitution in Germany is legally regulated and taxed.
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German newspaper admits most boat migrants are fake refugees

By ARTHUR LYONS

A prominent German newspaper has admitted that the majority of migrants who make their way to Europe from across the Mediterranean sea are not legitimate refugees.

In a piece last week, Marcel Leubecher, a political editor for the popular daily German newspaper Die Welt, noted the significant uptick in the number of migrants arriving in Italy from across the Mediterranean.

In January, 1275 boat migrants arrived in Italy, including migrants that made it to shore by themselves without the help of NGOs. Leubecher then notes that number of migrants who arrived by boat has been “above the previous year’s figure every month since Septemeber.”

“Contrary to popular belief, the majority of those arriving in Italy are not refugees. The main countries of origin for boat migrants in January were Algeria, Ivory Coast, and Bangladesh according to the Italian Ministry of the Interior,” Leubecher wrote.

Once these migrants reach Europe, close to 95 percent of their asylum applications are rejected since there are no conflicts in any of these countries. Despite having their asylum claims rejected and being issued deportation orders, most of these migrants simply remain in Europe illegally.

In May of 2018, Voice of Europe reported on figures from the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) which revealed that only about 1 in 25 asylum seekers who have their applications rejected are actually deported from the country. Often, the ones that are deported end up returning at a later date.

Unfortunately, as things currently stand, both leftist and center-right establishment parties lack the political will to put an end to flagrant abuses of the bloc’s asylum system.
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Merkel’s CDU in crisis after her successor quits

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s designated successor unexpectedly threw in the towel Monday, plunging her conservative party into deeper crisis as it struggles to agree on its future political direction after losing votes to the far right.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer told leading members of the Christian Democratic Union that she won’t be seeking the chancellorship in next year’s election, upending Merkel’s plans to hand her the reins after more than 15 years in power.

Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters in Berlin that Germany’s long-time leader stood by her decision not to run for a fifth term in 2021, despite the latest development.

Kramp-Karrenbauer’s announcement reflects the growing split with the Christian Democrats exposed last week in its handling of the election of a governor in the state of Thuringia. Their regional party lawmakers voted with the far-right Alternative for Germany party to oust the left-wing incumbent, ignoring advice from Berlin leadership.

The move broke what is widely regarded as a taboo in post-war German politics around cooperating with extremist parties.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is still Germany’s defense minister.

It was unclear how the latest developments would affect Merkel’s earlier plans for her succession. A shift to the right in Merkel’s center-right party could trigger a break with Merkel’s junior coalition partners in Germany’s federal government, the center-left Social Democrats, and increase the chances the country will hold the next general election early.

Among the names currently being bandied around as future party leaders were Health Minister Jens Spahn and Friedrich Merz, who were beaten to the leadership by Kramp-Karrenbauer in December 2018. Armin Laschet, the governor of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous state, is also being mentioned as a possible contender.

While Spahn and Laschet are considered centrists in the Merkel tradition, Merz has tried to appeal to the conservative wing of the party that has flirted with the far-right Alternative for Germany. A lawyer and former party veteran, Merz was sidelined by Merkel before she became chancellor in 2005.

The far-right Alternative for Germany party welcomed Kramp-Karrenbauer’s resignation, as did Germany’s former domestic intelligence chief, Hans-Georg Maassen, a vocal figure on the right of Merkel’s party since his ouster in 2018.

Peter Altmaier, Germany’s economy minister and a close Merkel ally, said the Christian Democrats were in “an unusually serious situation.”

Current polls have Merkel’s conservative block holding steady at about 28% support nationally, followed by the left-leaning Greens at about 22%.

Yet the Social Democrats are struggling with only about 14 % support, about the same as the far-right Alternative for Germany.
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Germany: 12 members of an extreme-right terror network arrested over plot to spark ‘civil war-like situation’

Police in Germany conducted nationwide raids on Friday which resulted in the arrests of 12 men who allegedly plotted to spark a civil war and overthrow the country’s political order by planning a series of coordinated attacks on politicians, migrants, and Muslims.

Raids were carried out by heavily-armed special units at a total of thirteen locations across six German states: Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Saxony-Anhalt, Rhineland-Palatinate, North Rhine-Westphalia, and Lower Saxony.

While four of the suspects had actively planned to trigger a ‘civil-war-like situation via as yet undefined attacks on politicians, asylum seekers, and people Muslim faith,” federal prosecutors said in a statement that eight additional suspects had agreed to “financially support the group, provide it with weapons or take part in future attacks,” Die Welt reports.

Originally founded in September 2019, the group’s ultimate goal was “to shake the state and social order in Germany and in the end to overturn it,” police investigators believe. While planning to execute their grand strategy, the group is said to have held regular meetings which were organized by two of the main suspects, Werner S. and Tony E.

North Rhine-Westphalia Interior Minister Herbert Reul (CDU) said that the men had met on the internet before they began corresponding and planning out their activities via the messaging app WhatsApp. The group was first put under police surveillance in late summer 2019.

A number of German news outlets reported that during the raids, investigators found several weapons a the homes of the suspects.

On Saturday, the suspects – some with covers over their heads to hide their identities – were escorted by police wearing body armor and balaclavas into the Federal Court in Karlsruhe for their preliminary hearing, footage from Zeit Online shows

Per German law, suspects who are believed of being on the verge of committing serious criminal offenses can be detained for up to six to twelve months depending on the severity of the case.
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:nono: No love, no "thank you Germans", no appreciation - only demands
We are tired of living in camps,” the sign said. “Please, we need transfer.”

These words were held aloft this week by a group of angry Nigerians protesting living conditions in a migrant holding centre in the southern German town of Manching that is at the heart of a raging debate about refugee policy.

“A lot of people go crazy in this compound,” said Kelvi Batin, one of the demonstrators. “You’re stuck here for eight months to a year, and then they tell you you have to go back to your country.”

Daniel Waidelich, a Bavarian government official, observed the protest from behind a security cordon. “These people want out. They want flats in the towns, even when they’ve been denied asylum,” he said. “That’s just not going to work.”

This is the face of Germany’s tough new approach on immigration. Residents are cooped up here for months with little to do and minimal contact with the outside world, unable to work or learn German. If their asylum request is rejected, they are deported directly from Manching to their homeland. Some 3,500 have been sent home since the centre was opened in 2015 — 1,000 forcibly.

Now plans are afoot to replicate the Manching model across Germany. Horst Seehofer, the interior minister, oversaw the creation of facilities like these as leader of Bavaria. He will soon unveil plans to build at least 40 so-called “Anker” centres — based on the German words for arrival, decision and repatriation — throughout the country.

It’s all a big shift from Angela Merkel’s open-door policy of 2015-16, when Germany threw open its borders to more than a million refugees. But it reflects a new political reality: the rise of the far-right Alternative for Germany and, more generally, a growing popular backlash against large-scale immigration.

However, the issue has driven a wedge between Ms Merkel’s conservative bloc, the CDU/CSU, and their Social Democrat coalition partners. SPD-governed regions are highly reluctant to host the new centres. “Have fun finding suitable sites,” Boris Pistorius, the SPD interior minister of Lower Saxony recently told Mr Seehofer.

Even conservatives are sceptical. Lorenz Caffier, CDU interior minister of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, worried aloud about the “potential for conflict” in transit centres of such huge size. Even the German police union, the GdP, has been critical: it lambasted the idea of “isolating asylum-seekers for years on end in barrack-like conditions” where a “substantial potential for aggression” might arise.

Charities say Manching is the wrong approach. “It’s a negative place — the anonymity, the sense of hopelessness,” says Wilhelm Dräxler of the charity Caritas. “The people there have no future, and, because they can’t work, no money.”

In general, Germany has settled refugees in urban communities, where they daily rub shoulders with their German neighbours and can more easily integrate. But Bavaria has taken a different tack. From the start of the refugee crisis it housed migrants with little chance of staying in Germany — people, say, from Nigeria, the Balkans or Ukraine — in big holding centres isolated from the local population.

Locals in the affluent Bavarian town of Ingolstadt, about 13km down the road from Manching, are generally in favour. “If the refugees are settled in the towns, where there are five of them here and five there, that’s a problem, because they just disappear,” said one man, who gave his name as Wolfgang.

Officials argue that refugees can be processed more efficiently in such large centres, where immigration officials are on hand to deal with asylum requests and legal officers to consider appeals. Mr Waidelich said residents stayed just four-and-a-half months on average in Manching. In the past, the whole process could take years.

But for some critics of the system, it is now all happening too fast. “My biggest concern is that people can’t really exercise their full rights to asylum,” said Gabriele Störkle, a local Caritas official “The procedures are so speeded up that they don’t have an opportunity to get proper legal advice.”

And in recent months, Manching has become much less efficient. Many of the Nigerians are still stuck there months after their asylum requests were rejected. “They can only be deported if they have a valid passport or passport substitute, and a lot of them don’t have either,” said Monika Goriß of the Bavarian aliens department.

Refugees also can’t be sent home if they’re receiving medical treatment or are appealing their asylum verdict. “And a lot of them just disappear,” Ms Goriß added. Authorities say that since 2015, 800 residents of Manching have gone into hiding before they were due to be repatriated. The open nature of the centre — residents can come and go more or less as they please — means it is easy to abscond.

For those that remain, conditions are far from ideal. Officials say police were called to the facility 355 times last year, mainly due to flare-ups between residents. “When you have six to eight people in one room, conflict is pre-programmed,” said Mr Dräxler.

Standing on the fringes of this week’s protests, Joseph Ikechuku, a 27-year-old roofer from Nigeria’s Delta State, expressed the frustration of many with life in Manching. “When we entered the camp they told us we’d be here for six months,” he said. “Now they’re saying we’ll be stuck here for two years — in this prison.”
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Islamophobic Terrorist Tobias Rathjen kills several Muslims and his mother in Germany

Islamophobic Terrorist Tobias Rathjen (43) murdered at least eleven people in Germany, most of them Muslims.

On Wednesday, Rathjen perpetrated two terror attacks against the shisha bars „Midnight“ and „Arena Bar & Café“, both located in Hanau, a city east of the financial hub of Frankfurt.

In shisha bars, customers share flavored tobacco from a water pipe. In Germany, they are often owned and operated by people from Turkey or Arab countries.

Rathjen published a manifesto that expressed extreme right-wing and Islamophobic views: „As of today, however, very few nations or races have emerged positively, while other races and cultures have not only made no contribution here, but are destructive – especially Islam. Hence my conclusion to eliminate the countries with their populations so that mankind has a chance at all to solve the riddle, because this will certainly not be possible in the presence of a numerically superior majority of idiots.“

Rathjen was born in Hanau in 1977 where he grew up and went to school. After graduating from high school, he did his civilian service and then trained as a banker in Frankfurt. In the winter semester of 2000 he started studying business administration in Bayreuth and he graduated from University in spring 2007.

Rathjen wrote in an annexe of his manifesto that he played soccer in the youth team of Eintracht Frankfurt from the age of 10 to the age of 15. The media department of Eintracht Frankfurt was asked to comment but did not answer to an inquiry.

After returning home, Rathjen murdered his mother (72) and committed suicide. “One of the two dead people found is highly likely the perpetrator,” local police confirmed in a statement on Thursday about the crime scene at the Rathjen residence.

According to the Interior Minister of Hesse Peter Beuth, the General Attorney General is investigating suspected terrorism. According to current knowledge, there is a xenophobic motive, said Beuth (CDU) on Thursday in the state parliament of Hesse in Wiesbaden.

“Federal prosecutors have taken over the investigation and there are indications of a right-wing extremist background,” said a spokesman for the German federal prosecutors in Karlsruhe.

Markus Söder, head of Christian party CSU and Prime Minister of Bavaria has strongly condemned the terrorist attacks as inhumane acts. „The brutal and inhumane acts in Hanau leave us all stunned. In our thoughts we are with the relatives of the victims and wish them a lot of strength in these difficult hours“, Söder said on Thursday.
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At least 15 people were wounded after a car drove into a crowd of people celebrating carnival in Volkmarsen in Germany's Hessen

The driver has been detained; the motive of the incident and the identity of the driver is unknown at this time

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Germany: Left Party conference speaker talks about executing the rich

Germany’s ‘Die Link’ (The Left) party gathered over the weekend at its ‘Strategy Congress’ to talk politics and its own role in Germany.

During the gathering, one woman who gave a speech was caught on video saying that, once in power, they may need to execute the rich, Die Welt reports.

“An energy transition is necessary after a revolution as well. Once we have shot the one percent of the rich, we will still want to heat our homes and travel,” the woman says to applause.

After the woman finishes speaking, instead of directly pushing back against such a statement, Die Link’s party leader, Bernd Riexinger, replies to the woman, saying: “I would like to say, we won’t shoot her, we will use her for useful work.”

The crowd laughed and applauded at Riexinger’s comments.

After the video had been seen by scores of people on Twitter, Riexinger addressed the woman’s comments again, saying that they had been “taken completely out of context”. However, he did say that “It was and is unacceptable. I regret that I did not immediately reject him unequivocally. ”

But it may be too little, too late. For many, statements like these only confirm what other German parties accuse Die Link of regularly, namely that they are not in favor of a democracy and that they would like to see the German system changed back to what it was under the GDR.

Markus Blume, the CSU party secretary, has called on Riexinger to step down in light of the scandal.
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'We have space': German politicians and activists call for more migrants

German politicians, artists, journalists, and asylum lobbyists, under the mottos "Refugees Welcome" and "We have space", are using the crisis at the Greek-Turkish border to demand even more migrants for Germany and Europe.

Despite the social and political upheaval wrought by the 2015 migrant crisis, many of these figures say that a repeat of Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel's open borders policy at the time is necessary, and that Germany has "enough space" to accept millions more, according to Junge Freiheit.

Many of the activists are using the hashtag #WirHabenPlatz, which translates to "We have space", to spread their message on Twitter, with a broad range of figures promoting a repeat of 2015 when over one million migrants entered Germany.

Left-wing MP Niema Movassat wrote on the social media platform, "I am very much in favor of repeating 2015 that we open the gates wide to people in need. This time there is enough space in refugee centers. Many municipalities have agreed to accept people. It is THE commandment of humanity! #WirHabenPlatz."

Ulrich Schulte from the taz, one of the Germany's most prominent leftist newspaper, also shares the opinion that the country has coped well with the influx of refugees in 2015, writing, "The country is doing brilliantly, many people have been helped."

As a result, he believes the country should still be accepting thousands of migrants from Turkey and elsewhere.

Calls for migrants quotas for both Germany and beyond
Some have even gone further and want to literally "accept everyone".

Mely Kiyak, a noted author and journalist, writes for Die Zeit under the headline, "Everyone in!", saying that “there can only be one goal. The goal is everyone".

Green Party leader Annalena Baerbock has also called for Germany to accept more migrant quotas, writing on Twitter:

"Thank you for being there! We urgently need to add quotas. Tens of [German] municipalities are ready."

She further stated that in addition to Germany, that "contingents of refugees should be distributed as quickly as possible in the EU to carry out the asylum procedures there," She further warned: “If not everyone joins, some have to go ahead anyway and get financial help. Germany should proactively reactivate its own refugee accommodation capacities."

Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia have been adamantly opposed to migration quotas, highlighting the challenge the EU would face if it pursued the Green Party leader's proposal.

Other Green Party leaders chimed in with support for more migrants in Europe and Germany, with Michael Kellner writing that Germany should once again take the lead role on migrants, writing on Twitter:

"If the #EU wants to remain committed to the European idea, then # solidarity is needed. Refugees on the Greek islands have to be evacuated. Germany should go ahead and also accept refugees from the European external borders. #Lesbos #Greece."

Green Party youth leaders, such as Tom Dzienus, are calling for direct ferries to Africa to transport migrants to Europe instead of using border security.

"I can't say it enough, but especially now: Ferries instead of #Frontex! #Greece #RefugeesWelcome," he wrote.

Such proposals are hardly new from the Germany's Green Party, with party taking the position in January that Germany should accept about 150 million undocumented climate refugees.

It is not only Germany's Green Party calling for more migrants. In Hamburg, Senator of the Interior Andy Grote, of the Social Democrats (SPD), wrote that, "Hamburg is ready to accept underage refugees and families from Greece... The EU and the federal government have a responsibility to create the conditions for this now."

A number of other SPD mayors joined his call, with the mayor of Düsseldorf, Thomas Geisel (SPD), saying he wants to take in more migrants from Turkey and that his city can accommodate 8,500 refugees.

"We are a civilized city," Geisel said. One has to “accept people with dignity”.

SPD Mayor Michael Schubert of Potsdam also agreed, saying that, "There's still room." He called for 500 unaccompanied children to be accepted in Potsdam in a video he posted from a migrant camp.

'This is not my Europe'
A number of activist and lobby organizations also took to Twitter to goad Germany into accepting more migrants.

Fridays for Future, the climate protest movement, wrote on its German Twitter account:

"The European approach in #Greece is inhumane. In a world in which the industrialized countries Forcing more and more people to flee as a result of the #ClimateCrisis, we need clear compliance with fundamental rights."

The migrant lobby organization Pro Asyl also wrote, "Right-wing mobs beat up journalists and helpers on the Greek islands and do not let refugees ashore. The Greek government has granted them. And #VonDerLeyen thanks Greece as a "shield of Europe". What else can you say? #NotOurEurope."

Even journalists from networks publically funded by German taxpayers were open about sharing their pro-migrant opinions on Germany, with ARD journalist Gábor Halász saying, "This is not my Europe" over Europe's response to the migrant crisis in Greece. He is the same journalist who wrote in 2015, “I must honestly say: if we start to apologize for showing a friendly face in emergency situations - then this is not my country."

Der Spiegel jounlist Nils Minkmar doesn't understand why the migrants who are pushing to Europe from the border area should not all be brought to Germany, saying the country needs "people" despite the country already reporting a record number of foreigners in 2019.

"Germany needs people. We are desperately recruiting... We should be happy that someone like this would come," Minkmar wrote on Twitter, where he posted a video of a 22-year-old Afghan migrant discussing why he wants to come Europe.

Author Mohamed Amjahid, who is a fellow at the Thomas Mann House, goes a step further. He would like all of Africa to come to Europe right away.

"I would like for ALL OF AFRICA to actually come to Europe and have a big party. That would be very nice," he wrote.

Even key politicians from Chancellor Angela Merke's Christian Democratic Union (CDU), which is supposedly a conservative party, believe Germany should accept more migrants, with one potential CDU leader even praising Merkel's 2015 open borders policy.

Germany's migrant integration problem
Many of those calling for more migrants make no mention of their financial, social and political impact on Germany.

Germany has struggled with a large range of integration issues regarding the influx of migrants. The German government recently released figures highlighting just how much Germany has spent on migrants, including a record €23 billion in 2018, including rent subsidies, jobless payments and other benefits.

Cities have also been on the hook for additional billions, with Junge Freiheit reporting that Hamburg has spent €5.35 billion on migrants between 2015 and 2019.

In terms of workforce integration, a significant study released by German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) about a year ago found that 65 percent of the 7,500 migrants they interviewed were still out of work.

Gang rapes and other serious crimes have also plagued Germany since the 2015 crisis, most notably the mass sexual assault of 1,200 women by men of "North African or Arab appearance" that occurred during the 2015/2016 New Year's in Cologne, an event that Germany is still reeling from even years later.
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Germany: Borders are closed due to the coronavirus epidemic — except for migrants


If you’re an American, British, French, or Swiss tourist who wants to take in some of the sights in Germany, you’ll have to wait a while before you can go because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic. But if you’re a migrant from Asia, the Middle East, or Africa who has entered Europe illegally? No problem!

Last week, Germany closed its land borders to all foreign citizens except for those providing essential services coming from France, Luxembourg, and Switzerland in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. However, the German Ministry of the Interior has confirmed that “asylum-seekers” are still welcome in Germany in spite of the ban, according to a report by Junge Freiheit.

In practice, this means that if a migrant were to illegally enter the European Union’s Schengen Zone via Italy or Greece and make it to France or Switzerland, he can still demand asylum in Germany, and thus must be allowed to traverse these countries so that he can formally request it on German territory.

“At Germany’s EU external borders [airports and seaports], there has been no change in the [asylum] procedure,” a representative of the Ministry of the Interior told Junge Freiheit. When asked if this also applies to Germany’s internal Schengen borders, she confirmed that this was also the case there.

In practice, this suggests that the German government feels that citizens of other European countries are dangerous because they might spread the coronavirus; migrants, on the other hand, apparently pose no such risk in their eyes as long as they remember to use the word “asylum.”

Germany’s stance on this is inexplicable, especially given that even as things stand within Germany as it is, migrants currently being held in German facilities are balking at being asked to follow coronavirus restrictions and have been attacking police and center personnel in response, in at least one case even flying an ISIS flag, as previously reported by Voice of Europe.
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Similar to Canada, they closed the Canada-USA border, and after much bad press, they finally closed the notorious illegal crossing.
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Germany: Migrants and asylum seekers aren’t respecting lockdown measures to combat virus

Migrants and asylum seekers living in Germany seem to think that the lockdown measures that have been put in place to stem the spread of coronavirus simply do not apply to them.

The mayors of Schneeberg and Zschorlau – both small towns in the German federal state of Saxony – have sought help from the state’s Ministry of the Interior for help because asylum seekers living at a local asylum center have not been adhering to the measures put in place to stop the spread of the virus, Bild reports.

The Schneeberg mayor reported that large groups of asylum seekers living at the Schneeberg Asylum Home were seen leaving the living facility in large groups without having a good reason to do so.

On March 22nd, Merkel announced a series of measures designed to stop the spread of the virus. The measures encourage German citizens to reduce contact with people outside of their own household to an absolute minimum, while a ban has been put in place on groups of people gathering in public places, apartments, and private facilities.

The measures will last until April 5th.

Germany isn’t the only European state that’s having trouble containing migrants amid the coronavirus outbreak. Days ago, Voice of Europe reported that police in Paris are being stretched to the limit in their efforts to enforce the coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantines in the city’s migrant areas, or “no-go” zones.
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Simple reason is that Muslims are fatalistic.
If Allah wants them infected, they will be, no matter what they do, and if not, it is also Allah's will.

Plus, if they can infect an infidel, so much the better, serving Allah.
After all, the infidel is destined to hell by Allah anyway.

Also, they are unaware that their well being depends on the infidel. (Don't kill the host!)


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Germany: Finance Minister commits suicide over coronavirus economic anxieties


Thomas Schaefer, the German state of Hesse’s Minister of Finance, was found dead yesterday. His death has been ruled a suicide.

His body was discovered near railroad tracks in Hochheim, near Frankfurt, on Saturday. Police ruled it a suicide based on eyewitness testimony as well as their own observations. Schaefer was 54.

Hesse’s Governor, Volker Bouffier, said that Schaefer’s death was probably the result of pressure stemming from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. He stated that Schaefer was concerned about “whether it would be possible to succeed in fulfilling the population’s huge expectations, particularly of financial help,” according to an Associated Press report.

Schaefer had been working “day and night” to support companies being impacted by the pandemic since the crisis began. He was “deeply worried” and finally succumbed to the pressure, Bouffier said, according to a report by The National.

Schaeffer, who was a member of Germany’s ruling Christian Democratic Union, had been Hesse’s Finance Minister for ten years. His purview included Frankfurt, which is Germany’s financial hub. Hesse is also home to Deutsche Bank, one of Germany’s major lenders.

Last week, all of the European Union’s national leaders had a virtual conference in which they discussed the possibility of issuing “corona bonds” intended to share the enormous debts that will be incurred during the coronavirus crisis among all the member states. Germany and the Netherlands rejected the suggestion, as previously reported by Voice of Europe.
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Germany: Leftist officials push to import migrants amid pandemic

As more and more Europeans die from the Chinese COVID-19 virus, leftist politicians in Germany are demanding that Berlin immediately takes in at least 1,500 migrants currently being housed on the Greek islands.

Earlier this week, during a radio interview, Dirk Behrendt of the Green party who serves as Minister of Justice and Anti-Discrimination in Berlin, argued that migrants from Greece should be moved to Berlin where they can be housed in unoccupied hotels, German weekly newspaper Junge Freheit reports.

“We have a lot of vacant hotels in Berlin that could also be used to accommodate refugees,” Behrendt said.

“We have capacities,” he added. “The fact that the people of Lesbos [Greece] live in makeshift tents in the rain and cold is unworthy of the European Union.”

German officials have been discussing importing migrants from Greece since December. Initially, the State of Berlin wanted to send a plane to pick-up the 1,500 hundred migrants in Greece but it required a federal landing permit to do so.

“If something does not happen very quickly at the federal level – and for me that is more a matter of hours than days – then Berlin is also willing to take its own steps together with civil society organizations and fly people from Lesbos,” Behrendt said.

Last week, Voice of Europe reported on similar calls made by members of the Refugee Council of Europe – a migrant NGO – to move the asylum seekers from reception facilities into private accommodations such as hotels, holiday homes, and church apartments around the country during the pandemic.
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Germany: ‘Asylum seekers’ moved to youth hostels after protesting

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Dozens of so-called ‘asylum seekers’ who were being housed at a facility in the city of Bremen, in northwest Germany, are now being transferred to a youth hostel after aggressively protesting against their asylum accommodation.

The protests, which took place in front of the city’s initial reception center on Thursday, saw close to forty asylum seekers protest loudly and aggressively against being accommodated en masse at the center, German tabloid Bild reports.

Following the protests, Bernd Schneider, the spokesman for the social welfare agency – the authority responsible for matters such as these – told the newspaper: “There are currently 600 people living in a small space there. We are therefore looking for alternatives, now we want to accommodate 100 refugees in the youth hostel on Kalkstrasse.”

Last Tuesday, the initial reception center recorded its first coronavirus case, according to the social security agency.

Now, every immigrant staying at the initial reception facility is now being tested, Schneider confirmed.

“The person concerned came to Bremen without symptoms. He was quarantined and isolated immediately after the result. He’s fine,” Schneider noted.
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Merkel: Dutch people don’t come to Germany!

Dutch nationals traveling to Germany – including those who live and work in Germany – will need to be quarantined for two weeks, starting this Friday.

Although truck drivers, professional commuters, and people with urgent work appointments will be exempt from the new measure, it will still affect tens of thousands of Dutch citizens who live in Germany, Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reports.

“If they were in the Netherlands for several days, they would have to quarantine for two weeks at their German home address,” Merkel’s central government said.

Referring to a statement made by Dutch prime minister Rutte where he urged German and Belgian tourists not to come to the Netherlands for Easter, Steffen Seibert, the head of the German Federal Government’s Press and Information Office and the undersecretary of state said: “What the Dutch Prime Minister said to the Germans also applies the other way around. He also meant that his own citizens should not travel to Germany.”

Germany’s announcement to impose stricter border controls with its neighbor to the northwest follows border controls that it imposed last month at its ports of entry and land borders with Switzerland, France, Austria, Luxembourg, and Denmark.
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