Migration: THE SKY’S NOT REALLY THE LIMIT (Satis Shroff)
‘We’re expecting 40,000 refugees from our southern neighbours,’ said the German Foreign Minister Steinmeier.
Minister Steinmeier was in Prague recently: ‘I suggested a quota system for my East European colleagues---to no avail.’
What about CSU and CDU?
They’re both on the warpath: a course of confrontation.
Berlin, Vienna and Budapest had agreed to allow refugees to enter Germany by train.
This is the biggest challenge in the history of the EU and it is expected that the European nations will show solidarity.
Steinmeier: Even though the German people helped tremendously, we have finally reached a stage when even we have to say that we’ve reached the migration capacity.
In the meantime, more and more refugees are coming along the Balkan route.
In Serbia 5540 refugees were registered on Thursday, a new daily record.
Hungary’s Viktor Orban warned in no uncertain terms that in future all refugees trespassing its border will be arrested and no longer be escorted and welcomed. Ironically, the world has seen how brutal ad inhuman the Hungarian authorities were towards the refugees. This time even the military are assisting the police, and the railroad track from Budapest to Vienna is closed with razor-sharp barbed-wire. Budapest means business.
Even the German CDU and CSU at loggerheads. Horst Seehofer (CSU) has sharply attacked Angela Merkel (CDU). His argument was: ‘It was a mistake that’ll keep us busy for a long time.’
He told ‘Der Spiegel,’ the country’s most influential mag: ‘ Germany will be soon in an emergency situation in which the influx of refugees run out of control.
Chancellor Merkel retorted with: ‘The Asylum Law for persecuted people knows no upper limits.’
She has taken the role of Mother Theresa or a Schützpatronin of the war-refugees, despite the ridicule and critic from the her own CDU, as well as CSU. On the other hand, she has received praise from the opposition for her courageous step in helping the war-refugees, despite inner strife.
Some people call Bavaria the ‘Lampedusa of Germany’ because of the enormous number of refugees flooding the Munich railway station.
Frau Merkel’s Bavarian colleague Horst Seehofer also said to ‘Spiegel’ that he sees no possibility of putting the cork back into the bottle. The genii (refugee) has escaped from the bottle and refuses to return.
At the moment, the gymnastic halls, military camps and all available tents are being used by the refugees who’re already here. The German population is showing a sensational welcome-culture, knowing well that their parents and grandparents were partly also once refugees and came seeking refuge from war-torn Romania, Poland, Czechoslovakia and other areas of the Soviet Union as refugees or Prisoner of War from internment camps. Now they have established various vereins (associations) in which they agitate to preserve their culture and even former territories like the Schlesians. But Europe has changed after the World War II and wants peace with its former enemies and have united to form the European Union with 28 member-countries. Now 500 million Europeans have to be cool and show warm-heartedness towards the war-refugees from Muslim countries, who have to be granted refuge, given homes and have to be integrated into European societies from Greece to Scandinavia, and they and their children will have a future in multicultural Europe, unlike their war-ravaged home countries.
Fortress Europe has discovered its boundaries again. Hungarian borders are being closed with barbed-wire, manned by police and military to stop unarmed refugees who are declared as ‘dangerous and uncontrollable.’ Austria and Denmark have backed out from such measures. Like the Austrian Chancellor said in a ‘Spiegel’ interview, while commenting about Viktor Orban’s newest border feats by touching on the theme of the deportation of Jews by the Nazis: ‘Putting refugees in trains and letting them believe they’re going somewhere else. This brings memories of the dark times of our continent. In Hungary hundreds of refugees were told that their train would head for the Austrian border. Instead of that the train came to a halt and the refugees were brought to a Hungarian refugee camp. This was the incident which resulted in dramatic turmoil. The Hungarians have strengthened their border. Austria, on the other hand, remains adamant with its ‘Right of Asylum’ policy in comparison to other countries in the EU. Austria’s Chancellor Werner Faymann said: ‘If an EU country doesn’t implement the quota-rule that will soon be passed by the EU Council, then this country has to be punished.
However, it’s not clear how and in which form the punishment (negative sanction) will be implemented. Will it lead to a loss of EU-membership or just a yellow card as in soccer. We shall have to wait and drink tea, as we say in Germany.
‘How’s the situation in Freiburg,’ you might ask. This Schwarzwald town has recently been described as ‘a Gaelic hamlet, where Sundays are holy and shops are closed,’ by Philipp Frese. 2000 refugees have come to Freiburg. Another 500 have found a temporary home in Haslach’s BEA, where they’ll be registered. In the coming weeks 900 are expected. The city of Freiburg is planning metal-containers for 350 people.
The archbishop of Freiburg Stephen Burger followed the pope’s words and said: ‘As Christians we are measured by how we meet peace. It’s our duty to help them. In our community a lot of people have opened their houses and hearts for the refugees. To this end the church will make 450 rooms available for refugees in Freiburg.’
In the first 18 months the communities will receive 13,600 euros per refugee per annum from Stuttgart (Baden-Württemberg). In the end the war-refugees will have another status and become ‘normal citizens’ and they will have to look after themselves. In case they don’t get jobs, they’ll receive jobless-money II from the state.
Among the refugees, there are also young people whose lives are not endangered in their home countries, and who have come to Europe due to economic reasons. Such people are not allowed to stay in Germany or in any of the 27 other EU countries. They’ll be registered and sent back by the police to their respective home countries. Every asylum-seeker’s case will be examined by the asylum-authorities to find out whether the person is a real refugee or not. Due to the increased number of incoming refugees from the Hungarian border, it takes time to go through each case. The reaction of the German population is mixed. Whereas most of them give them clothes, food and drinks, some even offer them apartments; others don’t want them and set the houses meant for the asylum-seekers on fire and run away.
On Saturday 13,015 refugees arrived by train from Austria. 14,000 came on Sunday (today). On Monday, September 14, 2015 is the showdown between the 28 states of the EU. Germany dramatically halted all train traffic with Austria. The reason is that the country’s communities are overwhelmed by the onrush of refugees.
Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said: ‘ This step has become necessary.’
He also said that asylum seekers must understand that they cannot choose the states they are seeking protection. The train traffic connexion between Austria and Germny’s Bavaria was stopped at 5pm. According to de Maiziere: ‘Only EU citizens and others with valid documents will be allowed to pass Germany’s borders.’
So much for Chancellor Merkel’s cool outburst: ‘The sky is the limit when it comes to asylum law. The Schengen system has been temporarily stopped by Germany’s government. Even the autobahn from Austria to Germany will be controlled by the police and Bundesgrenzschutz. The measure is to give a respite to Germany’s federal states which have been inundated and are looking after the refugees.