German politicians, it seems, are now discussing options for handling their ongoing refugee crisis, including the possibility of repatriating some refugees. Ms. C.M. discovered this story, and as one might imagine, it provokes a few high octane speculations!
What's interesting here is that one of the people voicing this option is the leader of Germany's Social Democrat Party, Herr Thomas Oppermann. And what's even more interesting is the reason he is giving:
Marking a shift in his party's rhetoric, the chairman of the SPD-Parliamentary Group, Thomas Oppermann, spoke out in favor of sending refugees arriving on boats back to North Africa. In an editorial he penned in the Sunday edition of the German daily newspaper "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung", Oppermann justified his view arguing that this would be an important step to curb human trafficking.
"In order to fight human trafficking gangs more successfully we have to deprive them of the grounds on which they conduct their business, by returning refugees saved in the Mediterranean to North Africa and attending to their needs there," Oppermann wrote.
"The solution will not solely involve a greater level of cooperation with the broken country of Libya but will also include more stable transit countries in North Africa, including Morocco and Tunisia."
Oppermann's words come in support of an initiative by German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere aimed at establishing a reception center for refugees in Tunisia and thus strengthening Europe's borders. De Maiziere last month said that some refugees should "not arrive in Europe in the first place but rather be returned to safe places." (Emphasis added)
What's intriguing here is that Oppermann's solution echoes, in some respects, the statements of Dutch politician Geert Wilders made years ago, for which Wilders was pilloried in the Dutch press. But even more intriguing is that Oppermann's reason for apparently moving his party away from the refugee policy it itself concurred with in Chancellorin Merkel's previous coalition government, is that this would be a blow against human trafficking networks.
As one might imagine, this prompts a couple of high octane speculations. The first speculation has to do with those refugee networks themselves, for there have been stories and allegations that one Darth Soros has been involved in the transport of refugees from Africa to Europe. If those allegations should ever be tied to his other activities, it would seem that there is a growing movement in Europe to scrutinize his activities. Only a few days ago, Britain's well-known EU parliament member and outspoken opponent of the EU, Nigal Farage, called for an EU-wide investigation of Soros and his "foundations." Thus, having the leader of one of Germany major political parties state this as a reason for repatriation of refugees might be signaling a deeper agenda to follow.
The second speculation, however, hits closer to home. Angela Merkel is in trouble, since she played a major role in creating the refugee crisis in the first place. For her efforts, her Christian Democrat Union party took a drubbing in the last German federal elections, and Frauke Petry's Alternativ fur Deutschland party, the party which made its opposition to the refugee policy of Merkel's government a major component of its first run in national elections, scooped up over 90 seats in the new Bundestag. Adding to Frau Merkel's woes, the Social Democrats indicated they would not be interested in being in a coalition government with her. This left Merkel scrambling after the elections to cobble together a new coalition, which, as we know, fell through. At that juncture, the SDP signaled it might be interested in a new coalition.
As I have previously suggested, the price for this will probably be very high. And Herr Oppermann may just have signaled what one of the conditions may be. Whether or not Mad Madam Merkel is willing to pay it remains to be seen. If not, my guess is that her government - if she is able to form one - will be weak, and its days will be numbered.
See you on the flip side.