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Politicians bicker over Tunisian refugees

The Local · 15 Feb 2011, 08:56

Published: 15 Feb 2011 08:56 GMT+01:00

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Italy has asked European Union members for aid in handling a flood of refugees from unstable Tunisia, but the request has been met with mixed reactions in Germany.

While members of the leading centre-right coalition have rejected the idea, opposition politicians have signalled they would be open to receiving the refugees.

Hans-Peter Uhl, conservative parliamentary spokesman for interior policy, told daily Passauer Neue Presse that EU member states who allow refugees to pass through should be fined.

The EU’s border protection agency Frontex should also increase personnel to stop them, he added.

“If a member state closes its eyes and allows masses of refugees to travel into other countries, there must be sanctions, up to the point of shutting them out of the Schengen Area,” he said.

Meanwhile Green party co-leader Cem Özdemir told daily Rheinische Post that the EU must distribute the number of refugees fairly across member states.

“The north can’t leave the south alone on this,” he said.

Centre-left Social Democratic interior policy expert Sebastian Edathy told daily Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung that the EU desperately needs a quota rule to spread the burden of the refugees across the continent.

“In light of the dramatically sinking number of asylum seekers in Germany, taking on a contingent of eligible asylum seekers from Africa would certainly not exceed the country's ability to integrate them,” he told the paper.

But EU parliamentarian for the conservative Bavarian party the CSU, Manfred Weber, called for a “more active cooperation” with North African countries to prevent people from coming to Europe.

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“The mass of people surely doesn’t want to leave their homeland,” he told news agency DAPD.

Instead the EU must provide financial support to the democratic movements to ensure their success, he added. If people there understand that a new political system will improve their lives, the number of refugees will sink, he said.


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09:30 February 15, 2011 by eddmac
these people must be repatriated so they can help rebuild their own country.
09:42 February 15, 2011 by auniquecorn
Hans-Peter Uhl, conservative parliamentary spokesman for interior policy, told daily Passauer Neue Presse that EU member states who allow refugees to pass through should be fined.

The EU¦#39;s border protection agency Frontex should also increase personnel to stop them, he added.

YEP, Straight to the solution.
11:18 February 15, 2011 by Bishnu
first, they let them come and settle here later on they are accused of missusing the social benifits or the system and are also taken as a threat for the demographic change . very strange EU rules and Eu leaders !! Why dont they make a strict broader checks??? and why don't they discourage those who come to EU illegal?
11:58 February 15, 2011 by westconser
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14:11 February 15, 2011 by Johnne
This is "not minding your own business" leads to. West! mind your own business! otherwise you´ll end up minding others. It´s the same result you got from slave trade & colonization. The west is not colonizing any country now but the problem is "not minding your own business" shikena!!

As for Herr Uhl. excuse me sir, are you saying Frontex should start shooting-at-sight African immigrants crossing over to europe?? hmm?? Ok, we Africans await such an oder, and let´s see who should pull the first trigger. Africans will continue to migrate to the west either westerners like it or not. This issue was settled/agreed some decades ago after "the fake independence" of African States.
14:49 February 15, 2011 by lwexcel
After reading the comments of "westconser" I can absolutely tell that he is a member of the tea party. Not just from his Obama bashing but from his blatant lacking in the science of economics.
15:18 February 15, 2011 by idiot
yawn ....

surely, the evil chinese. In the next 5 year they will f_ck the world and my name is santa clause....

Beside the fact that chinas geographical wests lifestandard is close to the middle age and a binnmarket will be impossible the next 300 years with this, the rich eastern metropoles are depending on the 'western world' to spend on theire money there.

So what?

The "West" has the money and mind theire own business and a democratic western influenced gouverments in the middle east is the easiest way to pull down the prices of the products they depend on.

And northern africa? Right, future investigations once there is the right political wing for european businessmans. Solar and Windenergy will be raised there once its attractive. Right now, spain, portugal and the northseas do it.

Give it up western world bashers and start to realize what this world is abt.

Not religions, not cultures not states - its money.

so far ...
15:31 February 15, 2011 by westconser
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15:33 February 15, 2011 by PawD
The Germans are really strange... first they moan about a negative population growth and a deficit of labour... now that they have an opportunity of taking in refugees they want to maintain 'ethnic purity' ...they never learn from the past do they?
15:52 February 15, 2011 by idiot
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16:15 February 15, 2011 by westconser
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16:48 February 15, 2011 by idiot

First: Cool down your potthead and get a glass water before you start commenting and insulting other ppl., then we can go on with a discussion here.


>This is the first time I ever heard of slums in China or Russia

Thats sad and dont speak for a good school :(

You should not argu with your education then !

No, it seems like you didnt got my point at all.

I write it more clear.

What is the biggest bad ass economy, religion, state, culture, military worth if the biggest amount of the ppl cant afford a good life measured to the current possibilities?

Before you throw global funds and economy avg's here, you should start by the ppl in these regions. Unimportant if china, agypt or africa. How big are monthly financial resources of these ppl and what lifestandard can they afford?

The quality of life is the important matter and not your numbers out of any relations to the facts.
17:00 February 15, 2011 by westconser
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17:05 February 15, 2011 by idiot

in addition to the your other post.

>but poor villages are everywhere right?


Once again, without the money from the west, like US or Europe, china and co cant sell theire products, becuase theire own population has not enough money efford to effort even that.

Result: If the western world is coughing, china and co are crying.

No money ...

>What Germany needs is the kind of people who here to work, not a bunch of freeloaders and breeders!

Congratz ! The first right statement ! Now you can replace the glass of water with a glass of sparkling whine, but dont fly to high.

> I had enough with your third grade english already. just go away you refuge! Go away, huz huz idiot!!!

I love the grammar nazis which compensate the lack of arguments with gramamr flame posts :-*
17:22 February 15, 2011 by westconser
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17:27 February 15, 2011 by idiot
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17:39 February 15, 2011 by westconser
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19:10 February 15, 2011 by theartofwar
@ idiot

Is idiot your first name or last name? If it's you last name, may I suggest your first name be stupid? Because you really sound like one.
21:23 February 15, 2011 by LiberalGuy

it's strange that for someone named Idiot you may be the most sane and reasonable person who reads the Local. You should comment more often for despite your name you seem to be one of the few educated readers on here.
21:39 February 15, 2011 by theartofwar
Great! now we got dumb and dumber.
22:18 February 15, 2011 by wenddiver
They have a country send them there.
22:41 February 15, 2011 by MaKo
Confounding, the number of presumed expatriates expressing anti-immigration opinions here.
09:12 February 16, 2011 by annan1063
They need to be sent back to their own country. We have enough of these people in Germany already. They are a burden on the country and they do little to nothing to assililate properly in to German society.

Truth be told: MOST Germans DO NOT WANT them here!

They need to stay in their own country and rebuild it...
11:15 February 16, 2011 by theartofwar
What the f##k happened to the demockery that they were so crazy about couple of weeks ago? So tell me, these are the champions of demockery that the west is so enthusiasticly embracing, right? I knew then the joke will be on europe when all the dust are settles.
13:18 February 16, 2011 by Johnne

Why do you enjoy insulting people on this forum? why? what has it got to do with "sane" and "education" ? are you the first person to be "educated" ? I think you should stop insulting people on this forum because it´s not your facebook or twitter account. Ths is the LOCAL, a reputable website with global recognition. I think you actually put you educational background into question with your insults. I guess you too will freeze if we start proving our level of education here. I think this website should be a one family medium where people of different opinions/backgrounds share knowledge and information with respect & tolerance.
16:11 February 16, 2011 by LiberalGuy

I agree with you 100% This is a place for discussion of different ideas and opinions. saying that most of the time my comments are tongue in cheek. As my username suggests I am left leaning, and am proud of that fact. I am passionate about what I believe in, and I expect others to be the same. Saying that I do believe my beliefs are quite different from most on here. I have found in my time reading the various comments on the various stoires, that there seems to be an underlying theme of xenophobia towards anything remotely Muslim. Which is a position much removed from my own. Now if the tolerance and expression of ideas you speak of is to 'bash' the muslims at every opportunity then you would be correct. There are least 2 articles a day in which commentators like willissteel and prufrock use it as forum to preach their anti muslim hatred (and I don't use that word lightly). Others like exduetcher use it to tell of impending doom due to a socialist islamic takeover ithat will happen in the near future. Now disagreeing with these positions is by no means an insult to anyone (though on more than one occassion they have resorted to that). Now I ask you is this truely a forum for the exchange of ideas or FoxNews. If it is the former, then I would gladly welcome any discussion on any issue. if it's the former then I guess the only course of action is for me to sink myself to the lowest common denominator.
17:11 February 16, 2011 by theartofwar
So, this is the dumb, where is the dumber?
17:17 February 16, 2011 by kreese
History tells that when there is a Communist/Marxist takeover in a country, there are always refugees--just a thought. It has always been a good way to get rid of "excess" population. America sent wheat to the Soviet Union so they could feed their people. Maybe this is not true here---but it is a thought.
17:41 February 16, 2011 by theartofwar

What are you talking about? These people don't need no wheat from the infidels, they got their religion! They only need your money and your land, that's all. Oh, may be they need they infidels just a little...they need the infidels to go to work and pay the taxes, other than that the infidels have no use for them.
17:50 February 16, 2011 by Johnne

Thank you very much for the enlightment, I do apreciate it. Actualy I´ve taken interest in your comments and I must say that I´ve been impressed with many of them. But the insult thing is what I had to speak up about.
18:00 February 16, 2011 by theartofwar
Ohhh how nice? The liberals are kiss and make out...upsss! I meant make-up! Before you people turn this forum into an orgy, let me know so I don't have to see it?
18:14 February 16, 2011 by Johnne

who are you? that thinks you don´t have to see something? on a public forum? I think you need some manners lesson.
02:50 February 17, 2011 by Mattj70
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08:34 February 17, 2011 by LiberalGuy

I do appreciate what you said, and funnily enough i was making similar comments about willisteel that you made about me. So maybe I need to take a step back. Take your advice and my own.

Saying that with comments like theartofwar makes it's hard not to call him an idiot.

The debate
11:18 February 18, 2011 by thedeliver
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21:31 February 28, 2011 by Kats meow
Any Country not bordering EUROPE should NOT be allowed to join the EU, that goes for ALL the NORTH African Countries!

They are NOT PART OF EUROPE, so why would they want to belong?

Because it is convenient to dump their poverty onto the EUROPEANS, thats what, and suck their social systems dry....

Wake up people, don't let that happen to your country!!!
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