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CSU hardens stance against immigration
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CSU hardens stance against immigration

Published: 14 Oct 2010 08:01 GMT+02:00
Updated: 14 Oct 2010 08:01 GMT+02:00

Alexander Dobrindt stepped up his party’s offensive on immigration with his remarks Wednesday night to broadcaster ARD, which are likely to fuel and already incendiary debate on the issue.

“The USA is an immigration country. Germany is not an immigration country. We have a culture that has grown over centuries.”

The hardening stance by the CSU, which is the Bavarian sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats, is also likely to put it at odds with ruling coalition partners the Free Democrats (FDP), which has floated the idea of solving Germany’s looming skills shortages by lifting the rate at which educated and qualified immigrants settle here.

On that issue, Dobrindt said the problems had to be solved “without repeating the problems of the last wave of immigration, which we still have not fixed today.”

Regarding his party boss, CSU leader and Bavarian premier Horst Seehofer’s recent call to stop Turkish and Arab immigration, Dobrindt said “truth doesn’t defame.”

An apology was Seehofer was not necessary, he said. The problems with some immigration groups were bigger than the problems with others, he added.

Seehofer told news magazine Focus at the weekend that “immigrants from other cultures, such as those from Turkey and Arab countries have more difficulties” integrating into German culture. Therefore he had drawn the “conclusion that we need no additional immigration from other cultural areas.”

Meanwhile a poll released on Wednesday showed that one-tenth of Germans want a “Führer,” while a quarter admitted to strong xenophobic attitudes – up from one-fifth in 2008. The results appeared to show the acrid immigration debate sparked this summer by former Bundesbank board member Thilo Sarrazin was having an effect on the German public.

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Your comments about this article

10:08 October 14, 2010 by auniquecorn
Very simple Pas, come up with new taxes......
10:24 October 14, 2010 by adipk
Than JUST DO IT. give deadline to all foreigners and than start crack down. Where is the problem.

It was the time when foreigner worker came and worked. they pay taxes and raise economy. Now they are burden strange!!!!. By the way the burden is only Arab and Turks or all foreigners here in Germany?

Sure man, i said just do it. instead of igniting the same problem after intervals of time. Do this and get rid of this topic.
10:28 October 14, 2010 by freedays
with more than 17 millionen people who have an immigration backround germany is already an immigration country. It is not easy to deny it.
12:05 October 14, 2010 by hogar2010
Nobody is in politics for the good of people than for the good of himself. They like privileges and they want to keep it, to be elected again, but how when they promised better life to the people and riches close factories in EU and open in China? Well, they put finger on immigrants, in that way, CSU "is not guilty" for bad economy than "immigrants are guilty", and that's how CSU politicians keep privileges for themselves while people have problems. In the end, there are crowd of German immigrant workers in Denmark and Norway, I don't see that they are unwelcome or deported back:) And should say something about German sex tourism to Asia? Should Asia forbid Germans to come there? Some Asian CSU would do it, but I don't support discrimination of whole population. If some people do something bad, you can't put finger on whole population.
18:58 October 14, 2010 by michael4096
Remember! The csu is not german! It is bavarian! So, all you rheinlanders, haverlanders, saxons and others - beware the ides of march (or something.. never could get it straight)
01:20 October 15, 2010 by Bronson Lake
Every ethnic group has a right to live in it's own area of the world and decide who can come and go and that includes the Germans. It just so happens that certain people such as the Germans and other European peoples have the ability to create a society that all the other races want to live in. Lets face it! All people aren't equal in their ability to create a pleasant society! At the lowest end of the scale you have Ethiopia and Somalia, the worst places in the world to live! Turkey however, is a relatively nice place to live and if they would just throw out their crazy Muslim religion and customs, have the potential to be the equal of many European countries. The only problem is that Turkey sends its unwanted religious fanatics to Germany because they don't want them in Turkey! Getting back to Germany, I see nothing wrong in Germans wanting to have only people who are culturally and racially similar to them coming in and working in Germany. This is their right!
06:06 October 15, 2010 by janreg58
FINALLY! Someone who sees things the way I do! If America would of put it's foot down sooner...MUCH sooner, it wouldn't be in the mess it's in right now. Germans must stand their ground for what's right for them. Keep YOUR culture your culture. Don't change for anyone. Be proud and stand tall and together.
10:50 October 15, 2010 by Deutschguy
The CSU is wrong.

In the US, it's the big corporations, especially the big farming companies, who want immigrant labor. And not just any immigrant, but specifically illegal immigrants.

Illegal immigrants can be paid less and forced to work long hours, and they dare not complain. If they do complain, then they are fired, with no legal options, and another illegal immigrant takes their place. In the US, conservative right wing politicians scream about too many illegal immigrants, but they take campaign contributions from the corporations who want those illegal workers.

Germany is facing a huge pension problem. If Germany doesn't allow more workers in from other countries who can pay taxes, then German women better start pumping out the babies!
11:42 October 15, 2010 by wiserthanmos
Look like the Krauts are smarting up! They wiped out the Jews so they replacing them with the Turks, gypsies and the muslims, and now they realized it's a mess, it's too late, I guess you reep what you sow, right?
13:28 October 15, 2010 by DinhoPilot
@ Bronson Lake

That's so racist!

"I see nothing wrong in Germans wanting to have only people who are culturally and racially similar to them coming in and working in Germany."

If every single country apply that crap then we wouldn't have the need to travel abroad, etc... Since YOU could ONLY travel to a country RACIALLY SIMILAR to your "dream" land. Following your logic USA wouldn't exist now...
16:08 October 16, 2010 by MichaelMolenaar
@DinhoPilot

No. He is correct. You are wrong.

European people have built the best countries in the world to live. There is a reason why the 23% of the population that lives in the Western world has created 73% of the world's wealth. THERE IS NO OBLIGATION ON GERMANY OR ANY GERMANS ANYWHERE TO BE A MARTYR FOR MULTICULTURALISM. It is a failed God, one that is pulling Europe to ruin.

Third world people make third world countries.
16:56 October 16, 2010 by SockRayBlue
Some of the best news I've read. Finally a country is standing up to being overrun by the cast offs from afar. Good Germany keep your history and gene pool intact.
23:34 October 16, 2010 by DinhoPilot
@MichaelMolenaar

It's MADNESS... madness I say!

And how do they create wealth? By exploring and "stealing" resources from the real countries. Yes there is no obligation for germans to take everyone (I agree), neither to accept a destructive cultural flavours! BUT living in a global world and not in a closet society europe we must understand that this interaction is necessary. Because if Germany exports and sales, it exports and sales to somewhere...
08:16 October 17, 2010 by enfanterrible
Damn right, it¦#39;s too late for America and Americans to take back our country … we should have kicked out German/European immigrants, aka. settlers long time ago instead of allowing them to take over and commit the greatest genocide in history!

And even now, only if we can find a way to deport all the German immigrants working illegally in NYC as bartender, waiters, and aspiring actors on their extended … and not-so-extended student visas!

Also, I bet Spain, Thailand, Ecuador … and god-knows any other country infested and bombarded with German/European pensioners wouldn¦#39;t mind getting rid of old gizzards who don¦#39;t speak a word of the local language even after living in those countries for decades!
09:35 October 17, 2010 by saschap
Hitler served big capitalists, and Merkel is doing the same. CSU is good for corporations, not for ordinary Germans. Merkel got low poll results and automatically she started with fascist statements in order to get people to vote for her. Comic and tragic. Politicians damage more people than any criminal. Every politicians should sit in prison.
19:56 October 18, 2010 by blauaugen63
These people should not be allowed to immigrate. The focus should be on improving conditions for these people in their own country.

If immigrants live in bad conditions because they breed like rats and cannot support their own families, it is hardly the responsibility of responsible taxpayers to assume the burden.

They can live in filth in their own country or yours. Sooner or later your country will be bankrupt or become in the same dire straits as the country they left.

Personally they should all be repatriated back to their country of origin if they cannot assimilate.
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