Rabat - The Christian Social Union (CSU), a party with strong ties to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), in Germany has claimed that Merkel’s welcoming message to refugees from Syria is illegal, and that by the same logic, all migrants should be rejected from the country.
Rabat – The Christian Social Union (CSU), a party with strong ties to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), in Germany has claimed that Merkel’s welcoming message to refugees from Syria is illegal, and that by the same logic, all migrants should be rejected from the country.
The CSU points to a 1993 amendment to the German constitution that makes it illegal to grant asylum to those who have entered the country from another state that is classified as “safe.” Therefore, all those entering Germany to escape the civil war in Syria are technically not allowed into the country – as they have travelled by land and all countries bordering Germany are in the “safe” category.
This argument has become popular among German political conservatives. Despite the CSU’s strong ties with the CDU, they are threatening legal action over the dispute.
Horst Seehofer, the Bavarian State Premier and a member of CSU, is at the head of this action. Seehofer is a longtime critic of Germany’s, and specifically Merkel’s, role in the migrant crisis, stating that in the past year over one million migrants had come through the country. In an interview with Der Spiegel magazine, he spoke of his state’s legal threats to Merkel.
“If it doesn’t follow, the [Bavarian] state government will have no other choice but to file a suit at the Federal Constitutional Court,” Seehofer said.
He also announced that he would write a letter demanding a return to “orderly conditions” and that Merkel had to take responsibility.
The news comes at a time of strong cynicism about migrants in Germany, with many Germans saying that enough is enough.
Last month saw the country declare that North African countries, including Morocco, will be classified as “safe” and fast-track systems will be set up in order to return migrants from this region to their home countries as quickly as possible.