German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere wants to deport refugees from Germany to Greece claiming the Dublin Treaty will facilitate this. De Maiziere claimed that the EU did a lot to help improve the situation of refugees in Greece.
At the same time, he blamed Greece for the increased numbers of refugees that arrived in Europe last year and claimed that Greece should have imposed strict border controls” before the situation got out of control.
Speaking to Sunday edition of German conservative daily Die Welt, de Maiziere said:
“In Europe we did a lot to improve the situation in Greece. This must have consequences and to lead that refugees can be sent back to Greece under the Dublin Treaty.
However a common European stance was needed to achieve this.
“If we accelerate [this process] on our own, there is a risk that the (German) administrative courts will prohibit the deportation within a short time,” he said.
Furthermore, he also blamed Greece for the large number of refugees in recent years: “The recording and the end of the (refugee) wave would have taken place, there, in the European Union’s external borders. Then Hungary would not raise the fence.”
With German elections ahead and the far-right Pediga threatening to steal votes from the conservatives, it is normal that the Refugee issue and Greece will be in the middle of the elections batterfield.
De Maiziere belongs to the conservative party of Angela Merkel Christian Democrat Union (CDU) and is also a close confidant of the German Chancellor.
Interesting note: De Maiziere’s family originally from Maizières-lès-Metz in Alcase, as Huguenots (French Protestants/Calvinists), had fled France for asylum in Prussia in the late 17th century. A quarter of million Huguenots fled France, 50,000 of them sought protection in Calvinist parts of Germany.
But that was long long ago, before European Unions and Dublin Treaties, and de Maiziere is still in the privileged position to enjoy the …German asylum.
PS pure German arrogance as always: once we do one thing, beneficiaries must be eternal grateful and pay it back x 10 times.