Germany highly unlikely to deport a great number of the migrants. Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble openly declares what many already predicted years ago.
Angela Merkel was well aware of this from the start, but chose to proclaim future promises that she knew would never come to fruition in order to temporarily satisfy her critics at home.
The V4 Report was well aware of Merkel’s troublesome habit of deception as far back as March 2016 and it involved more than just false promises of deportation:
Instead, Schäuble called for greater efforts to integrate the migrants. In an interview with WELT AM SONNTAG, Schäuble said: “We should realize how difficult it is to deport in individual cases. That’s why we should not foster too much hope that we can bring back the majority of these people. Rather, we should all muster the strength to integrate them into our society.”
Germany may want to take a look at Paris, Brussels or London. Their attempts at integration have failed miserably and no EU state with a large minority of Muslims has found success at integration.
Despite the early warnings of many, including Visegrád, Schäuble still defended Merkel’s decision to open the border three years ago. “On September 4, 2015, with the thousands of refugees at the train station in Budapest, the Chancellor’s decision was the right one,” said Schäuble. “But what failed after that is to limit the communicative consequences.”
However, this is the same type of rhetoric one heard from US neocons, who advocated invading Iraq in 2003. The “regime change” in Iraq (like Libya and the failed attempt in Syria) was a total disaster that destabilized the Middle East and opened the door for Islamic jihadists and ISIS. Many had warned the neocons of this reckless action, but were only ignored and ostracized. Today, the neocons still defend their decision, blaming communication and other factors of implementation that followed the invasion.
Schäuble, who has been cautious throughout his career, should know better. Any grand scheme involving serious risks must not be implemented based on emotions, but weighed and balanced with critical thought and involving a detailed plan based on reality. In this case, the leaders of Germany, including Schäuble, allowed Merkel to proceed without the proper checks and balances. Few bothered to ask Merkel what would follow after the “We can do it” celebrations.
Schäuble added that the government was “misunderstood” and that migrants worldwide took this as a signal that all people who wanted to live in Germany could come into the country. “We suffer from these consequences to this day.”
Germany had plenty of time to correct Merkel’s mistakes but was paralyzed by “cowardice masquerading as tolerance” and chose instead to escalate the crisis by offering no resistance and attempting to distribute the migrants throughout the EU. This type of negligence not only enabled the smugglers but also lured more migrants to Europe.
Schäuble still does not grasp the reality of the situation. He babbles about an outdated Geneva Refugee Convention before recommending that every migrant entering the EU via a safe third country must apply for asylum there. We are not sure why he waited this long to make his point regarding the Dublin regulations?
Regardless, Schäuble himself just pointed out how difficult it is to deport a migrant once inside the EU. How then would first granting entry to every migrant before they apply for asylum – even in accordance with Dublin – solve the problem of rejected migrants who refuse to leave or cannot be deported?
Schäuble, like his ally Merkel, misses the bigger picture. The key and only solution to combating illegal migration is to first deny entry to Europe at the source.
Anything less will be futile and Europe will forever find themselves “running in circles” fighting the same battles over relocation as they have done for the last three years.
One either commits Europe to mass migration by attempting to manage illegal migration after entry, or will fight to defend Europe by stopping illegal migration before entry.