The erection of walls and borders currently seems to be without alternative for governments in the face of increasing anti-refugee sentiment and right-wing parties
Federal Minister of the Interior de Maizière quickly withdrew his attempt to stop the refugee ie from boiling up further. After reporting that his ministry expects 800.000 asylum seekers or refugees this year, he still said that Germany was not overburdened by it.
With a view to the other EU states, which avoid taking in refugees as much as possible, and the noticeably growing anti-refugee sentiment in the country, he said yesterday on ARD and ZDF’s Morgenmagazin: "We now take 40 percent of all refugees in the EU. That is too much in the long run." He said that the expected number of asylum seekers would be absorbed this year, but in the long run there would be too many refugees "800.000 for such a country as Germany too many".
De Maizière has already brought up an ie that has been a source of contention for years, since it would put an end to the free movement of persons under the Schengen Agreement, which people are so proud of. It is about the reintroduction of border controls, as they were already introduced in July by the new government in Denmark under political prere from the oppositional, but strong Danish People’s Party, which thereby sent a signal, even if they are supposed to be in conformity with the Schengen Agreement.
Still presented as a means of prere, German Interior Minister, "Control-free borders will not last in the long run without a real European asylum policy". This means that asylum seekers should be distributed among all EU member states according to a formula. Asked about this, de Maizière explained on Morgenmagazin, which must have been agreed upon with the German Chancellor, who, as usual, was keeping a low profile for the time being, that this was a "matter for the people" "serious observation". He was in favor of open borders and a convinced European, but "if other European states do not obey law and order, if the Dublin system no longer works, then we need another system."
The head of the police union Rainer Wendt was already on 11. de Maizière had gone ahead in August and called for stronger border controls: "The suspension of the Dublin Agreement, the introduction of border controls and the rejection of refugees must be described as an option on the Brussels negotiating table. "
Whether the other system will mean only a different arrangement than the Dublin Agreement or will put an end to free movement is something de Maizière still prefers to keep open. However, it fell on receptive ears across the Channel, where the ruling Conservatives are under prere from the anti-EU and anti-immigration Ukip party. The conservative Telegraph is already pleased that the German interior minister’s ideas are in line with British Prime Minister Cameron’s EU reform plans and that they have been able to make a strong impact. E
Termination of the Dublin Agreement, in the absence of an agreement on a new arrangement on which the EU Commission is working, could lead to a discussion on the Schengen Agreement and thus a change in EU treaties, as the British government demands in order to remain in the EU. The British government demands u.a. an end to freedom of movement for Europeans as well and the introduction of border controls. However, Great Britain is also evading the solidarity demanded by de Maizière and refuses to take in asylum seekers, even though British fighter jets are involved in the anti-IS coalition in Iraq and Syria.
The conflict is also being played out in Calais, the entrance to the Eurotunnel. Here, hundreds of refugees, thousands of whom are living in camps, try to penetrate the barriers in order to reach Great Britain through the Eurotunnel in or under trucks or on wagons. Similar to the CSU’s ranting about 60 million refugees trying to flood Germany, the British Home Secretary speaks about "refugee swarm", which is why the creation of a "hostile environment" make people understand that Great Britain is not a land of milk and honey where money grows in the streets. Recently, May said some of the people coming to Europe are refugees, but 70 percent are "Illegal economic migrants". This is how to create a mood.
France and Britain have decided to make the entrance to the Eurotunnel even more of a fortress; Britain also wants to pay for deporting refugees from Calais to their home countries. In general, the construction of fortresses and walls, the erection of borders, seems to be the panacea against the unwanted refugees. Greece, like Spain, already has a border fence in Ceuta and Melilla, Hungary is building one, and soldiers are now securing the borders in Macedonia. Are new walls soon to be built in the EU as well??