• Germany edition
 
Rösler: Ease visa rules for Turks and Russians
Photo: DPA

Rösler: Ease visa rules for Turks and Russians

Published: 27 Dec 2012 09:57 GMT+01:00
Updated: 27 Dec 2012 09:57 GMT+01:00

In a policy paper released by the Economy Ministry and seen by the Saarbrücker Zeitung, Rösler warned that a too-restrictive visa policy could be a "disadvantage in both competition and location." He added that easing restrictions would also give a boost to tourism.

The paper is thought to be the result of Rösler's recent meetings with business leaders in both countries.

The paper directly contradicts Rösler's cabinet colleague, Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich, who on Monday denied calls from Turkey and Russia to ease visa restrictions for all their citizens.

But Rösler received support from another major cabinet member, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, Rösler's predecessor as leader of the pro-business Free Democratic Party.

"We're an interconnected country, we live from exports," Westerwelle told the paper. "We need rules that protect out security interests, but don't damage our economic and political interests."

Despite Westerwelle's support, Rösler is facing considerable pressure from within his own party. Reacting to Rösler's poor popularity ratings, the FDP's Dirk Niebel, overseas development minister, said on Wednesday that it was "not absolutely necessary" that Rösler would lead the party into next autumn's general election.

In a Forsa survey released on Wednesday, the FDP, junior partner in Angela Merkel's centre-right coalition, once again slipped below the crucial five percent mark that guarantees representation in the Bundestag.

The Local/bk

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

11:26 December 27, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
Let me get this straight. He thinks restrictions should be lifted for countries outside the EU whilst Germany restricted access to Germany for new EU member countries like Latvia for the maximum possible period allowed. Talk abot wanting his bread buttered on both sides. Why set down goal posts at all? Just play a no rules no boundaries game and let us all fight for ourselves like the old days and do away with this EU Euro scam. I don't want that to happen but the hypocrasy of some German politicians is overwhelming. No surprise Westerwelle agreeing. He would have us all in chains workinf for his corporate buddies if he could.
12:00 December 27, 2012 by Tonne
Stage one: lift visa restrictions for Russian citizens.

Stage two: sell DB to the highest (Russian?) bidder.

Stage three: accept an appointment on the board of the newly privatised railway company, when the FDP is ousted from power?

A very cunning plan!
12:00 December 27, 2012 by raandy
He wants to open" Pandoras Box", better think this through a bit longer.
12:17 December 27, 2012 by trevzns
Is there a word in German for Snake Oil Salesman?

Ha-ha....whats next?
12:56 December 27, 2012 by goodhund
I don't need to understand - why russians, why only russians? Is Germany for germans or only for fools? All russians have to stay in Large Russia, because Russia needs their work and help. Russia more enough than enough for russians! Maybe chinese needs to occupy Russia, so russians needs to go west and occupy Germany, again.

Who knows the completely TRUE history knows that Europe is like "black hole", because where there have been too many wars in history.
13:00 December 27, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
@Tonne

Stage four: Invite China to join the EU. Prop up German banks with Chinese money stored away from overspending Europe on Chinese made German products. This money having been lent out by German banks in the first place.
13:02 December 27, 2012 by michael4096
Maybe I'm confused, but these are visitor visas, not working visas like Latvia - oder?
14:56 December 27, 2012 by grinners
Dear Mr Rösler,

Please also lift the requirements for Australians.

Many Thanks,

Grinners
15:42 December 27, 2012 by catjones
I need to be afraid of something that has zero affect on me. I'll add this to the list.
16:37 December 27, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
@grinners.

He might just agree to do that if australia lifts their requirements. Do we still need a criminal record to be allowed in?
18:31 December 27, 2012 by Englishted
Will that not break the E.U. rules?

3 to 4% in the polls they are going for broke, the party is really over.

The lunatics have taken over the asylum.
00:28 December 28, 2012 by jmclewis
Who does Rösler represent? Can he open the border to US Citizens we are crashing like Rome.
12:09 December 28, 2012 by grinners
@ Berlin fuer alles

It's a lot easier for a German to live in Australia. Visa requirements are broarder and also employment opportunities far better.

As an Australian in Germany looking for a job (no longer) a working permit under an employer sponsorship can only be granted if:

the position can firstly not be filled by a german; and secondly that due to my heritage I am required for the role.

So long that a german could pos fill the role, it must be first offered to a german.

It seems unless one is ready to either work in top management, have kids or get married (and having kids was strongly recommened by my migration officer), you're buggered.
Today's headlines
German of the Week
'Now I can grow cannabis at home'
Günter Weiglein. Photo: DPA

'Now I can grow cannabis at home'

Günter Weiglein is one of three men in Germany who is allowed to grow his own cannabis thanks to a court ruling last week. But he tells The Local he’s not celebrating just yet. READ  

Germany tops penis enlargement table
Do your wurst, doc. Photo: DPA

Germany tops penis enlargement table

Germany is the world’s leader in penis enlargements, with five times as many people in the country undergoing the procedure than anywhere else in the world. Globally, Germany carries out the fourth highest amount of cosmetic surgery operations. READ  

The Local List
The best words in Austrian German
Which one is the Austrian word for tomato? Photo: APA/dpa

The best words in Austrian German

If you’ve lived in Germany, or you learnt Hochdeutsch at school, you may be surprised by some of the language differences between Austria and parts of Germany. READ  

Turks in Germany vote for first time
Voters at Berlin's Olympic Stadium on Thursday. Photo: DPA

Turks in Germany vote for first time

Germany’s large Turkish community headed to polling stations on Thursday to vote for the first time in a Turkish election. The Local visits Berlin’s Olympic Stadium which has been turned into a giant voting booth. READ  

Ice Age lion gets its head back
The lion with the missing half of its head. Photo: Hilde Jensen, Universität Tübingen.

Ice Age lion gets its head back

A 40,000-year-old figurine of a lion has been reunited with its head, more than 80 years after it was first found in a cave in southern Germany, following an extraordinary discovery. READ  

German jobless rate rises in July
Photo: DPA

German jobless rate rises in July

Unemployment in Germany rose in July to 6.6 percent, the Federal Employment Agency said on Thursday, blaming the increase on "seasonal reasons". READ  

Your lottery numbers are 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13
The winning numbers in Wednesday night's lotto. Photo: DPA/Lotto

Your lottery numbers are 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13

Three lucky Germans will take home a six-figure prize after an extremely rare lottery draw. The lucky numbers on Wednesday night were 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 37. READ  

Germany denies 'land for gas' deal with Putin
Merkel with Poroshenko and Putin in June. Photo: DPA

Germany denies 'land for gas' deal with Putin

UPDATE: Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin have been working on a secret peace plan for Ukraine, The Independent newspaper reported on Thursday. The report was later denied by the German government. READ  

Space ship brings special cargo for astronaut
A cargo compartment on the ATV. Photo: ESA

Space ship brings special cargo for astronaut

The last European space freighter blasted off to the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday, carrying a special treat for the station’s German astronaut. The launch of the German-built supply ship marks the end of an era. READ  

World Cup victory makes Germans thirsty
Beer sales abroad and during the World Cup were behind the rise. Photo: DPA

World Cup victory makes Germans thirsty

Germany’s World Cup victory was also good news for the country’s brewers who saw a welcome reversal in the long-term trend of draining beer sales. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Photo: DPA
Gallery
Five reasons to visit Oktoberfest (and five not to)
Photo: DPA
Society
Huge Bavarian crop circle puzzles crowds
Photo: DPA
Analysis & Opinion
Have Your Say: Should Germany legalize cannabis?
Photo: DPA
Education
Germany's students fail to graduate in time
Photo: DPA
Gallery
Hamburg harbour lit up in blue
Business & Money
JobTalk: 'Application process is failing'
Photo: Bundesarchiv/Bild 183-S45825
Culture
Germany puts 700,000 WWI docs online
Photo: DPA
Society
This man wants to give all of us €12,000 a year
Photo: DPA
Education
Top university switches master's courses to English
Travel
Plans unveiled for bike trail along former Iron Curtain
Photo: DPA
Gallery
The Local List: 12 best words in German
Photo: Europeana.de 1914 - 1918
Gallery
A German soldier's life behind WWI lines
Education
Raising the bar for law & business in Germany
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
JobTalk: All you need to know about working in Germany
Photo: DPA
Features
The Local List Archive - Your guide to all things German
National
Share news tips with The Local Germany
Sponsored Article
Bilingual school turning education on its head
Sponsored Article
CurrencyFair: Why it pays when making overseas transfers
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

3,250
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd