Austria simply snubs the humanitarian question, so do Hungary, Macedonia, Slovakia, etc. They only consider their own welfare and have largely xenophobic populations. Politically they were always right-wing fascist regimes. Remember that Hitler was not German, but Austrian. I have studied the question now quite intensely and I am more than ever before behind Merkel. She is the only politician who sees things realistically and puts the humanitarian question first. This will benefit Germany, and is already, according to some economic surveys. In this sense, Merkel acts in the best interest of Germany but also of the EU. It is right to receive the refugees and do any possible effort to accommodate them humanly. It will pay in the long run, the economies in the EU will greatly profit. And see the relationship that is so distorted in the media. In Germany 1 Mio refugees against 90 million population, that’s not even 1 percent, and in the EU totally speaking the relation is only 0.2 percent. So the media blow this up negatively while it doesn’t need to be seen negatively. Merkel’s idea of a quota system is just and fair and should be followed.
Germany has now threatened other EU countries that if they don’t follow there will be measures against them. This is appropriate. I would suggest economic sanctions but of course they can’t be forced into compliance. This is what this minister from Austria means: the EU can break apart over these conflicts. But to repeat it there are no real conflicts because as Merkel says, we can do it *together* but if they don’t follow, Germany must do it against their will and there will be even more conflict. But I am pro a strong stance of Germany in this question for the right is on the side of those who help, not those who let refugees behind fences and endless zillions of police ‘to keep their countries clean.’ This is fascist segregational politics Hitler style, and should belong to the past. These regimes are poor and for a reason, it’s exactly because of their retarded mindset that braces for security before bracing for progress. Germany must play a strong role here to show them the rules! I hope Merkel can fight it through, for weakness has no place in this situation. The Syrian people will thank Germany one day and those anti-refugee regimes will one day get back the karmic boomerang, for they will go economically bankrupt—as soon as they step out of the EU for they get way more than they give in this situation. This is my prediction. And Greece must be helped with all our EU power, Greece is admirable in what they do and realize and therefore Germany must help Greece even more.
And my last word: if the EU breaks over the refugee question, it was meant to be, for it shows what a façade the EU is in reality. Why do you think I never wanted to work for them while I have all the qualifications? I knew it from the 70s onwards that the EU is one big money-wasting machine. Let Germany be the leader of Europe, then we got to have it right! You will see. This is what the result will be. Our economy has profited a lot from the events, last year was Germany’s strongest ever year economically since WW2, huge profits and for the first time since 1961, the main trading partner of Germany is the United States, while before it was always France. This means something … it’s a signal that Germany has reached equality standard with the USA, and this will be reflected on the political scene in the future. The United States see Germany as the most important partner in NATO for good reasons. And it’s a setback for France that they have deserved with their anti-semitism and the mess they made in the refugee camp in Calais where they drive refugees out like animals upon a court order. It’s appalling, I have no more sympathies for France.
Can we not expect private people to help the refugees to have a safe journey to Europe? They pay anyway, but to the wrong people, crooks and smugglers who are responsible for the death of many people in their shaky boats, including many children.
The Egyptian billionaire magnate Naguib Sawiris published months ago an article he wanted to buy an island near Greece to settle all the refugees there. But I haven’t heard anything so far as to the realization of that idea.
It’s perhaps not what is really good for them: they must be integrated and serve Europe for that is the justifier for not sending them back under international law. They serve a very good purpose in an aging society that needs young human capital and especially a work force, as services are generally too expensive in Europe and even in the US much cheaper (think only of barbers). To put them on an island is also dangerous for they could easily be attacked by armed right wing forces and wiped out with one single nuke.
My idea concerns the sea journey. Can this not be organized by responsible private companies who perhaps get a little aid by person transferred (let’s say 10% of the cost) for offering really cheap but safe journeys. Could that not be a profitable business? Think only of what Mohammad Yunus did in Bangladesh and now worldwide with micro credits. Everybody said it could never be profitable, and yes, it is not made to generate a profit, but it does cover all the cost, so it’s a sustainable business.
As Angela Merkel was in Turkey to find together a Resolution for the United Nations on the Refugee Crisis, another refugee boat capsized and 35 people drowned. It was the trigger of an idea that I find great. Angel Merkel proposed to directly take refugees from crisis-ridden regions in the Middle East such as Syria, so that they do not need to get into the hands of shady individuals and smugglers who take them on boats that are not safe.
If we feel responsible at all in this crisis, we cannot tolerate that more and more people die. Already a quarter of a million died in the Syria war and there are 3.4 million refugees now and millions more displayed and moving within Syria.
Whatever right-wing political forces say and do, we cannot put our hands in the lap in such an urgent situation and refuse to bring relief to all these people on the way to finding a better life and a safe place to live. It is high time that politics overcomes politics for this to happen.
The most ridiculous façade in all of this is shown by what’s going on the United States. They do virtually nothing to accept refugees, it’s simply scandalous, if it was not all totally ridiculous, showing that Americans give a shit about people who are suffering and in need for humanitarian aid. Big blah blah in the media about ‘we need a new Marshal plan’ but this is simply Utopia for the US will simply not do that, while they have accumulated the createst responsibility for this crisis with their absolutely idiotic Middle East policy.
I have had rather shaky and unreflected opinions about the refugee crisis in Europe. While the United States, who are somehow the co-creators of this crisis, indulge in an absolutely nonsensical political debate, Europe has to carry all the weight of this crisis.
I have not seen the role of Germany, while being German myself, and thought Angela Merke’s politics of ‘open door’ was a big error. In fact, she is reproached to not have cooperated with other European nations for finding a common policy for bringing relief to great human suffering.
But just a few days ago, I changed my mind dramatically. It is now clear that if she had tried to do this conciliation, it would have failed from the start for almost all the other members of the EU have either a completely non-humanitarian approach (Austria, Hungary), or they want very little quota, as we see it now with Turkey.
I believe now that Germany should stay to a big ‘yes’ to receiving refugees and that Angela Merkel should steer a clear course of ‘humanitarian aid first’ before making compromises with the political right that will anyway never stand behind her.