Kurswechsel in der fluchtlingspolitik

The coldly calculated plan of the federal government

Angeblich tobt in der regierungskoalition in berlin seit wochen ein heftiger konflikt um die fluchtlingspolitik. Hardly a day goes by without the press and television reporting on disagreements between ministers and prime ministers, announcing their imminent departure or even speculating about early elections. Derzeit steht vor allem der von kanzlerin merkel vollzogene erneute kurswechsel im fokus der berichterstattung.

This artificial conflict is nothing more than a spectacle staged for the masses. Its goal is to distract the majority of the population from the real problems behind the flood of refugees. These are the german arms export policy (germany is the fourth largest arms supplier in the world after the u.S., russia and china), the involvement of the german government in calling for military conflicts and the imminent collapse of the german export economy in the wake of the global recession.

Germany itself has contributed to the emergence of the conflict hotspots

According to the federal office for migration and refugees, most asylum seekers on german soil in september 2015 came from syria, followed by albania, kosovo, afghanistan, iraq, serbia and yemen. A cursory look at the history of these countries shows that kosovo, albania, and serbia have not recovered from the aftermath of the yugoslav war; afghanistan, iraq, syria, and yemen have suffered for years from the consequences of regional destabilization policies pursued primarily by the united states and supported by its allies.

In most of these crisis regions, germany has also played an important role – either as a country directly involved in the war, through the stationing of troops, or as an arms supplier. In the yugoslav war, the then red-green government, by deploying the bundeswehr for the first time in a war, helped to cause the worst devastation on european soil since world war ii. In afghanistan, germany has for years provided the third-largest troop contingent after the u.S. And the u.K. In yemen, where the civilian population has been suffering for months under the bomb terror of saudi arabia, german weapons are also being used.

That is: the german government itself has actively contributed to the creation of the very conflicts that have now led to hundreds of thousands of desperate people flooding into the country. In order to nip any discussion of their own responsibility for these crises in the bud, politicians and large sections of the media are currently overdoing it by focusing the public debate on party-politically motivated tactical differences in dealing with the flood of refugees.

Berlin is even stepping up the pace

At the same time, the government is not only continuing its policy behind the scenes, but is even stepping up the pace: in the first half of 2015, the coalition in berlin ied almost as many individual export licenses for military equipment as in the whole of 2014. The material went to syria, among other places (!), iraq, kuwait and saudi arabia. Thus, current trouble spots continue to be supplied with weapons and new streams of refugees are accepted.

Germany, which has been trying by all means to re-establish itself as a major power since reunification a quarter of a century ago, is currently doing everything in its power to increase its influence in the world, not only economically but also militarily. The military strategy includes the deployment of "trainers", the stationing of soldiers abroad and the participation in "peacekeeping missions" just as the supply of weapons. The economic strategy now also includes the attempt to make the german economy more competitive by means of the currently almost unlimited influx of refugees.

But how does the chancellor’s zigzag course over the past 12 months fit into this picture?? A closer look at their actions provides the explanation.