Merz accuses Ukrainians of “social tourism”.


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Millions of Ukrainians are fleeing the war as Russia attacks their country. Some of them seek protection in Germany. Opposition leader Friedrich Merz has accused Ukrainian war refugees of “social tourism”. His words evoke fear.

CDU leader Friedrich Merz complains about “social tourism” from Ukrainian refugees to Germany. He said in his Bild TV interview: The background, according to Merz: Initially, Ukrainian refugees were entitled to care under the Asylum Seekers Benefits Act.

In Merz’s own words, “If the Federal Government does what the Federal Minister of the Interior has proposed, namely to give virtually all conscientious objectors to military mobilization in Russia access to the Federal Republic of Germany. In that case, I expect an even bigger problem with regard to refugees from Russia. The Coalition is “resolutely against”.

Federal Interior Minister Nancy Feser told the Frankfurt-Allgemeine Sontagszeitung that deserters, who are usually under serious threat of repression in Germany, are receiving international protection. . “Anyone who courageously opposes the regime of President Vladimir Putin and thereby puts himself in the greatest danger can apply for asylum in Germany for political persecution,” he said. SPD politician said. However, granting asylum is a case-by-case decision and includes security checks.

“Crafty profiling without a moral compass”

The CDU director’s remarks have drawn sharp criticism. Green Party leader Ricarda Lang tweeted: “Friedrich Merz talking about ‘social tourism’ in the context of people fleeing this terrible war of aggression is a very proud solidarity and solidarity of the Union with Ukraine. How does it actually fit?” he asked.

Jusos National Chair Jessica Rosenthal wrote: Merz indicates that the CDU’s solidarity with Ukraine is only to the extent that it helps raise awareness of the CDU itself. “Disgusting and vulgar”

Derya Türk-Nachbaur, an SPD member of the Bundestag and a member of the Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid Committee, also considered Merz’s remarks “shameful”. She tweeted: “The guise of solidarity with the victims of the war of aggression will soon be exposed in underground terms such as ‘social tourism'”. The party leader is saying the same thing. Shabby! ”

Source: N-TV


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