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Former German spy chief says EU borders are as open as in 2015

The former President of the German secret service, Hans-Georg Maaßen, has sharply criticized the asylum policy of Angela Merkel, saying that the floodgates to the EU remain wide open.

Published: April 12, 2019, 7:56 am

    The former spy chief from the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, said although the number of asylum seekers or illegal immigrants coming into Germany has been significantly lower than in 2015, they are still coming.

    “But the gates are still open, even if less come in,” Maassen said in an interview with the Hungarian TV channel M1, according to a report by the news agency dpa. He still sees a lot of immigration pressure on Europe. The necessary precautions “so that this immigration pressure is minimized, that these people do not come to us”, has not yet been addressed.

    It was already clear to him in 2015 that such a large number of people could not easily be integrated and alarmingly, among the newcomers at the time were also jihadists and ISIS sympathizers, he pointed out.

    He is very worried that perhaps this summer, in autumn or next year, many more people could come to Europe and Germany. “And I do not see that any precaution has been taken,” he added.

    Maaßen demanded that only persons who had a right to asylum be allowed entry, which would not apply to economic refugees. “We can not accept all the people in the world,” he clarified. The German deportation policy is also a disaster, in his opinion.

    The social climate in Germany has changed in recent years for the worse, he complained. Many people who had previously been counted among the middle class, have turned to the AfD. This leads to an erosion of confidence in the party system he said. This development has not been stopped, but is continuing.

    As an example of Brussels’ commitment to open borders, member states have had to pay for their own protection against the influx of illegal migrants. Thus, despite numerous requests by Hungary’s government and its own promises, the European Commission still has not yet contributed financially to the costs of Hungary’s border protection, daily Magyar Nemzet reported.

    Just days before, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban introduced his 7-point plan against migration, telling the Commission to cover the costs of border protection instead of helping the pro-migration NGOs of George Soros.

    Magyar Nemzet noted that Viktor Orban first mentioned the issue in 2017 in a letter to the Commission.


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