A senior German lawmaker who speaks for the ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) on human rights and humanitarian aid hasresigned from the party, citing Angela Merkel’s “open door” immigration policy and efforts to marginalise conservatives.
Erika Steinbach, a representative of Frankfurt am Main who has been a party member for over forty years, had to ask herself some searching questions: “Would I vote CDU at the moment? No. Would I join the CDU today? No. I can only draw the honest conclusion of quitting the CDU,” she told Die Welt.
Germany has had to absorb some 1.2m migrants since the Chancellor declared there was “no limit” to the number of asylum seekers the country could receive. Frank-Jürgen Weise, head of the German Federal Office for Migration, hoped the new arrivals would bolster the German labour force, but only 34,000 have found work so far, while around 975,000 are receiving benefits.
80 per cent arrive with no documents, and thousands have been let in despite presenting papers known to be forged. Steinbach believes the authorities are actively aiding and abetting large-scale illegal immigration.