The Next German One-Time Exception

After making clear to the public how unacceptable it is for Germans to go it alone (Alleingang), the German government went alone yet again.

Migrants

While stressing how important it is to find a “European solution” to the migrant crisis (which will never come) and how all European countries must share in bearing the burden of taking in the migrants Germany invited to Europe in the first place (another German Alleingang), the Germans have decided to unilaterally take in a large number of migrants who set fire to their refugee camp for this very purpose. They know how Germans tick much better than the Germans do.

Germany to take in some 1,500 migrants from Greece – Angela Merkel’s government has said Germany will take in additional migrants from Greece and in particular Lesbos. More than 12,000 people were left homeless by fires at the refugee camp Moria.

 

Of All The Words Of Mice And Men

And German chancellors, the saddest are “We can do this!”

Merkel

Just kidding. They’re actually “What the hell were you thinking?”

And if you believe those numbers up there (another state-run agency), you can’t be helped either.

“We can do this!” — Merkel’s famous words five years on – It’s five years to the day since German Chancellor Angela Merkel uttered her famous quote about taking in refugees. Today the numbers show that integration has made progress, though skepticism persists.

Not A Bad Start

For a country of 80 million.

Migrants

Please note the journalist’s panicked attempt to explain away the numbers right in the head of the article.

German population of migrant background rises to 21 million – Germany saw a 2.1% increase in the population with a migrant background in 2019, though the rate of increase was the least rapid since 2011. The largest group hails from Turkey, around one in three are from the EU.

“People with a migration background are clearly over-represented in cleaning jobs, warehousing, food production and care for the elderly. In the future we will continue to need more skilled workers.”

That’s Not What Angie Led The Germans To Believe

Angela Merkel’s European border opening festival of love back in 2015 was just a temporary, humanitarian, emergency-type measure, Germans were told. All of those Syrian refugee doctors, lawyers, engineers etc. streaming into Germany (the minority of the refugees who came to Germany actually came from Syria, by the way) would be going back to Syria just as soon as they were able.

Well, who would have expected this? It turned out differently than she said. It’s almost as if she wasn’t telling the truth or something.

Syrians

A large portion of the hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees who arrived in Germany in 2015 are planning to stay in the country for good.

Syrians now represent the largest Muslim minority in Germany after Turks. Since 2010, their numbers in the country have risen from around 30,000 to almost 800,000. Most arrived as refugees after the outbreak of the civil war, and they are reshaping the country, much like Turkish migrants did for decades.

Between 2015 and 2018, Syrian women in Germany gave birth to over 65,000 babies. But the Syrian community will continue to grow in the country for other reasons as well. In the past year, around 40,000 Syrians applied for asylum, a small number compared to 2015, when the large wave of refugees came to Germany.

“We Muslims are a part of this society. It is becoming more and more normal. But for that, we have to become more visible.”

I’m One Of Your Biggest Fans!

A monster fan, even.

Fans

Tear gas hits the fan during clashes on Greek-Turkish border – Greek border units trying to stop crowds of migrants from pushing their way in from Turkey have hit on a new defense against tear gas unleashed on them from the Turkish side of the frontier — monster fans

Flüchtende zünden Brandsätze, griechische Grenzbeamte lenken Tränengas und Rauch in ihre Richtung.

The Tweets They Are a-Changin’

Sooner or later reality raises its ugly little head.

Tweets

“We need orderly conditions at the EU’s external border,” one tweet from the German interior ministry in Arabic, Farsi, English and German went.

Another one was “We will use our best efforts to support Greece in achieving this. Europe’s borders are not open for #refugees from #Turkey, and neither are our German borders.”

The German government – anxious about the political consequences of a “repeat of 2015” – is tolerating Greece’s decision to suspend asylum claims at its borders and has launched a social media campaign to deter Syrian refugees from embarking on a journey to central Europe.

“We don’t want a repeat of the year 2015.”

Where’s Angela Merkel been hiding out these days?

What Is Germany Doing?

Hiding, of course.

Germany

You know. Once burned twice shy and all that?

Migrants stuck on EU doorstep: What is Germany doing? – Turkish President Erdogan has effectively scrapped the refugee accord with the EU, threatening that millions will come. Refugees are appealing to Merkel for help, but Berlin remains firm that the EU’s borders are closed.

Some refugees hold signs asking for help from German Chancellor Angela Merkel. After all, the chancellor rescued refugees in Hungary from a similar situation by letting them come to Germany. Refugees on the border with Greece are now hoping for the same.

But Germany in 2020 is not the country it was in 2015. Looking back, Merkel acknowledges there was a “loss of control.” The chancellor has since described the open borders that allowed hundreds of thousands of people to pour into the country as a “mistake” that should not be repeated.

German Of The Day: Untergetaucht

That means submerged, disappeared.

Angela

Somebody explain the logic to me because I just don’t understand. So, the same emotion-driven woman (& Co.) who, driven by “we can do it” empathy, opened up the flood gates in 2015 amid wild cheers of refugee-welcoming Gutmensch-Germans for the very same people now forcing their way into Europe under the very same conditions today ist untergetaucht – has submerged like a German sub?

Does this mean that she and the other Gutmenschen are tacitly admitting that her decision in 2015 was a mistake?

If not, then why doesn’t she make another welcome pronouncement? Maybe this time she’s too busy because she’s organizing an airlift to fly them directly to Berlin?

About 13,000 migrants have gathered along the 212-kilometer (125-mile) border between Turkey and Greece after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to allow refugees to cross into Europe, the United Nations said on Saturday.

It’s Immigrants Like You That Give Immigrants Like You A Bad Name

In Germany.

Immigrants

Immigrants Are Big Fans of Germany’s Anti-Immigrant Party – The fiercest devotees of the far-right AfD aren’t native Germans but migrants from Russia.

AfD is generally seen as a xenophobic, nativist force in German politics, and yet one of its key constituencies is foreign-born. The party claims that one-third of its voters are Russian Germans, and a recent study has shown that although this figure is probably exaggerated, support for the party among Russian Germans is above the national average. While AfD has a reputation for anti-Semitism, its voters also include a small but growing number of Russian Jews.

“We had huge problems entering the country. And other people have it really easy. They are simply waved through.”

“More Complicated Than It Seems”

Really? Or is it not the least bit complicated at all?

Deportation

There are simply no consequences for those who break the law in a country where the rule of law has been undermined by the state itself.

Germany: Number of asylum-seeker deportations fell in 2019 – Despite the rising number of asylum-seekers ordered to leave Germany, deportation figures fell in 2019. But the reasons why are more complicated than it may seem.

“It needs to be clear: if someone’s asylum request is rejected, they must leave the country.”