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Rescue: Resistance in the CSU against Seehofer's plan to receive refugees


Horst Seehofer has announced that Germany will take over a quarter of the migrants rescued from distress. But from his own party and from the CDU comes criticism of the plans of the Federal Interior Minister.

In the CSU there is a protest against the plan of Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer to take 25 percent of rescued rescued refugees who arrive in front of Italy. "We can not guarantee a lump sum of 25 percent of an unknown number of migrants," said Andrea Lindholz, chairwoman of the Bundestag interior committee, the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung". That was "no forward-looking migration policy".

Lindholz pointed out that the number of asylum seekers in Germany has been many times higher than in Italy for many years. The chairman of the CSU parliamentary group, Thomas Kreutzer, criticized Seehofer. He was "always against that you set any quotas from the outset," said Kreuzer at the meeting of the CSU parliamentary group in the monastery Banz.

Criticism also from the CDU

Criticism also came from the CDU. Although it was good that Seehofer's initiative bring momentum in the discussion on the distribution of refugees in the EU countries, said the Bundestag MP Philipp Amthor the newspaper. However, this should not create any new factors for illegal migrants: "The rescue of the sea is intended for humanitarian emergencies and must not become a migration platform to Germany."

Thuringia CDU parliamentary summit candidate Mike Mohring rejected the quota proposed by Seehofer also. "Incentive systems through temporary solutions, I believe, are not a good way," said Mohring. "This only strengthens those who are standing on the right edge."

Several CDU interior politicians of the Bundestag, however, defended Seehofer's approach. There is now finally the chance of a distribution of refugees, said the deputy Armin Schuster. He hopes that more countries want to join. So far, Germany, France, Italy and Malta want to agree on a settlement with EU Council President Finland next Monday.

On 23 September, Germany, France, Italy and Malta intend to agree on a settlement with EU Council President Finland to make such negotiations superfluous. According to the ministry, Seehofer emphasizes that "the so-called pull effect is avoided", so that there should be no additional incentives for migrants to make their way to Europe. Changes to the scheme should be possible if the number of survivors "increases significantly".

Source: spiegel

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