German chancellor’s government speech: Anti-refugee propaganda, rearmament and war


German chancellor’s government speech: Anti-refugee propaganda, rearmament and war

Johannes Stern

23 March 2018

German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivered her first government statement Wednesday following her re-election last week. In her typical lethargic and tedious style, Merkel presented the grand coalition’s reactionary programme, which will serve as the basis for the most right-wing government in Germany since the end of World War II.

Merkel’s speech focused on the grand coalition’s refugee policy, which is increasingly being borrowed from the demands of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD). An “exceptional situation” as occurred in 2015 “should not and cannot be allowed to be repeated,” declared Merkel. She then presented a long list of measures aimed at cracking down on refugees and ensuring quicker deportations to the Middle East and North Africa.

Europe has to be “capable” of “safeguarding and securing its external borders,” intoned Merkel. The “formation of a joint border security agency” is “just as important as the entry and exit register that is now finally being established.” Refugees “who have no right to protection have to leave our country,” Merkel continued, “preferably by means of voluntary repatriation programmes,” but “via state-ordered repatriation if necessary.”

While the bourgeois media claims otherwise, Merkel came to the defence of Interior Minister Horst Seehofer’s (Christian Social Union, CSU) anti-Muslim agitation. Seehofer declared last week that Islam does not belong to Germany, which has been “historically and culturally shaped by Judaeo-Christian ideas and not Islam.” Merkel now agrees with him, stating, “There can be absolutely no doubt that our country’s historical…

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