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“Breaking up fronts”: Faeser calls for “coalition of the willing” for reform of the EU asylum system

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“Breaking up fronts”: Faeser calls for “coalition of the willing” for reform of the EU asylum system


Germany “Breaking Fronts”

Faeser calls for a “coalition of the willing” to reform the EU asylum system

As of: 4:09 p.m. | Reading time: 3 minutes Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser (right) next to EU Commissioner for the Interior Ylva Johansson Source: Getty Images This is where you will find content from Podigee. In order to interact with or display content from Podigee and other social networks, we need your consent. Activate social networks Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser (SPD) wants to solve the blockages in EU migration policy. “Member States willing to accept” would be sought, but also countries that help with deportations. If you don’t go along, you can pay instead. Initial talks with France and Italy on migration issues have been promising, said the new Federal Minister of the Interior, Nancy Faeser, on Friday after a meeting with EU Interior Commissioner Ylva Johansson. Now the German social democrat wants to forge a “coalition of receptive member states” with these and other countries. Such a coalition could go ahead and thus set in motion the further development of the European asylum system, said Faeser in Berlin. The minister did not dare to estimate how large her “coalition of the willing” would ultimately be. The migration crisis on the border with Belarus has shown that the EU states can be successful if they act together, said EU Commissioner Johansson. Of the migrants who the Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko “lured into a trap”, around 5,000 people have now returned to their countries of origin. Recently, hardly any migrants have come to the European Union irregularly, she emphasized.

Germany is ready to take in refugees

The cooperation between several EU countries also offers the opportunity to “break down hardened fronts”, explained Faeser. She doesn’t want the further development of a common asylum system to fail because one or the other state says it can’t imagine it. According to her, Germany would be part of a group of countries that are willing to take in refugees. Maybe “core Europe” has to take the lead at one point or another before others follow suit, she added. Read also Die Swede Johansson, like Faeser a social democrat, said at the joint press conference that she has high hopes for the French Council Presidency in migration policy, which began at the beginning of the year and lasts until the end of June. It is important that the European states act in solidarity and are prepared to accept people according to their respective strengths. However, accepting asylum seekers is not the only way to show solidarity, Ylva Johansson continued. Member States could also ensure that people without the right to asylum are returned to their countries of origin. Faeser emphasized that there are different ways to participate in European solidarity. Compensation payments are also conceivable. But it is always about strengthening the European community.

Which points Faeser sees differently than Seehofer

It is good that Germany is “again taking on a more constructive role when it comes to the deadlocked negotiations on the reform of the European asylum system,” commented Marcel Emmerich, chairman of the Greens in the interior committee. Humanitarian solutions were “blocked or blindly ignored” by Faeser’s predecessor Horst Seehofer (CSU) for years. Read also With a group of EU member states, Germany can now bring more movement into the negotiations and ensure better standards. Faeser herself also demonstratively set herself apart from her predecessor. As the main difference to Seehofer (CSU), Faeser named her conviction that she wanted to play a stronger European role in domestic politics. Another difference is the plan to create legal ways of migration to get away from irregular migration. Since the refugee movement in 2015, the EU has been discussing a reform of the common European asylum system, which should also ensure a fairer distribution of those seeking protection in the EU member states. So far, the EU border states have borne the brunt, because the country of entry is responsible for taking in and caring for a refugee. This so-called Dublin principle is to be replaced. However, the reform repeatedly failed due to resistance, particularly from Eastern European countries that no longer wanted to take in refugees.


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