April 7, 2016 By Joseph P. Farrell

You may remember the name of Thomas de Maziere, Germany's Minister of the Interior, for I blogged about him over a year ago, and in an entirely different connection. But it seems now that Herr De Maziere is breaking with his own party and chancellor over the latter's thus-far-well-nigh-disastrous refugee policy, in this article shared by Ms. B.H.:

Our Way or the Highway: Germany Wants Refugees to Assimilate or Leave

The De Maziere family has been a prominent German political family for decades, and in a sense might even be viewed as more or less the Geman equivalent of the Cecils in Great Britain, if not more, so this move must be understood for what it is: a significant step, and break, within Frau Merkel's coalition government by one of the CDU's(CHristian Democratic Union's most senior politicians. The  crux interpretum here is what Herr De Maziere is doing: he is introducing a bill into the German Bundestag that in effect says: either stay, learn German, assimilate into our culture (and, by implication, drop the Sharia nonsense and live peacablly with your neighbors under German law), or leave:

ermans are clearly not happy with their government's hospitable policy toward the refugees that continue to flee to Europe predominantly from war-torn Middle East and poor African states.

Their disquiet showed in the country's regional elections, held earlier in March, in which a great number of voters abandoned Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives for the anti-immigrant party Alternative for Germany (AfD).

The legislation proposed by De Maiziere — a conservatives himself — followed soon thereafter. He expects migrants to do their best to assimilate, in exchange for the opportunity to live in Germany and for the assistance they get like language lessons, social benefits and housing.

"For those who refuse to learn German, for those who refuse to allow their relatives to integrate — for instance women or girls — for those who reject job offers: for them, there cannot be an unlimited settlement permit after three years," he told ARD TV.

De Maiziere added that the permitted period of stay for refugees has to depend on the success of their integration efforts.

Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel supports the initiative.

What is significant here is that Frau Merkel's hold on power is fast slipping, and will continue to do so, as long as she herself does not get a grip on a realistic policy for Germany, and abandons the "multicultural dystopia" that has resulted from her current policy: Germans rejected her party in local elections, and now the German Interior Minister and the Vice Chancellor have added their voices to the fray.
But I suspect there's a deeper story here, and it's the growing European revolt, now transcending national borders, against what many Europeans perceive as the Islamization of their national and broader European culture. De Maziere's bill might thus also be seen as a "test" or "trial balloon" to see if, in fact, this growing movement will accept such an arrangement. The catch here is the "time period" being allotted for "successful assimilation" (and how will the bill actually assess "successful assimilation"?) In short, De Maziere's bill might be an attempt to appease the growing opposition, and bring them back into the fold. Whether it is successful or not if it actually passes the Bundestag, remains to be seen. But the politicla discussion in Germany has now changed because of it, and the rest of Europe and the West will be watching closely.
See you on the flip side...