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German leftist parties want migrants to vote

German leftists want non-citizens, including "refugees" to vote in elections, according to a new survey.

Published: February 24, 2017, 10:31 am

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    Voters from major political parties were asked if electoral laws should be changed to allow non-EU citizens living permanently in Germany to vote, but supporters of the anti-immigration AfD party rejected the idea by a 96.9 percent margin.

    Social Democrats (SPD) however supported the proposal with 63.7 percent along with 64.8 percent of Green Party voters, while centrist parties, showed moderate opposition to the proposal in the Civey-Umfrage survey done by the German daily Die Welt.

    The latest polls show that Social Democrat leader Martin Schultz would beat Chancellor Angela Merkel in a direct leadership contest, suggesting that if elected Schultz would have the backing of the majority of his supporters to allow migrants to vote.

    In the event of immigrants voting, they will overwhelmingly vote for left-wing parties, increasing their share of support. In a quid pro quo, left-wing parties would reward a migrant vote by maintaining and expanding the welfare state.

    “It seems the left is just totally insane. They will do absolutely anything to win and that means they will allow all of the Middle East to enter Germany and then outnumber the Germans in their own election?! Where is the logic here?” asks economist Martin Armstrong.

    “Essentially, they want to give the refugees a right to vote. They need not be an EU citizen nor do they need to pay taxes. The mere right to vote is you happen to be there at the time,” says Armstrong.

    “Of course, the concept of Germany as a nation or distinct region within central Europe can be traced to Julius Caesar. It was Caesar who referred to the unconquered area east of the Rhine as Germania.” But Armstrong predicts that if the SPD tried to move ahead with allowing refugees to vote, it would set off an “internal German civil war”.

    The German federal election takes place this year on September 24.

    karin@praag.org

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