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.:
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.