By: Steve Dellar | 09-07-2018 | News
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Germany - New Merkel-Seehofer Clash “Immigration Is The Mother Of All Problems”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Interior Minister Ernst Seehofer are clashing on the subject of immigration again.

Mr Seehofer, who is actively campaigning for the regional elections in October to get the CSU to hold off the strengthening AfD in his Bavaria region, said that “Immigration is the mother of all political problems,” in a clear reference to the events in Chemnitz and other German cities of the past few weeks where pro- and anti-immigration rallies took place (just yesterday saw mass protests in the northern metropolis Hamburg again).

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Did Chemnitz repeat itself in a West German city? “Merkel must go” in Hamburg draws 178 right-wing demonstrators. 10,000 came to protest against the event. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Holger Hestermeyer (@hhesterm) <a href="">September 5, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The German Interior Minister Mr. Seehofer, in an interview with the Rheinische Post yesterday, claimed that "many people now associate their social problems with the issue of migration," adding that if Germany didn't change its migration policy, major political parties would continue losing ground.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HH0509</a> 10.000 people join antifascist counter protests against gathering of 178 fascists in <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Hamburg</a> Germany tonight. Cops attacked antifascists with a water canon because of a few flying eggs… <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#antifa</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NoNazisHH</a> Image by <a href="">@minimaxdadamax</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Enough is Enough! (@enough14) <a href="">September 5, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The CSU top politician who has clashed with Ms. Merkel before said that the "order of humanity" in Germany was at stake with the political concerns of migrants and native Germans. Mr. Seehofer has in the past repeated sought to get Ms. Merkel to swing further to the right on the issue of immigration and see off the AfD challenge.

Related coverage: <a href=""> German Press Admits: ‘Majority On The Streets Symphatized With The Right-Wing Demonstrators’</a>.

Mr Seehofer claimed that he understood the rightwing protesters in Chemnitz and other cities and that if he was not a minister, he would have taken to the streets, too, but "obviously not with the radicals," referring to the small groups of far-right protesters who could be seen performing ‘migrant-hunts’ and making ‘Nazi salutes.’

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">&quot;I&#39;d put it differently. I&#39;d say the migration question is posing challenges for us.&quot;<br><br>Chancellor Angela Merkel disagrees with her Interior Minister Horst Seehofer who claimed that migration is Germany&#39;s &#39;mother of all political problems&#39;.<a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MutterallerProbleme</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; DW Politics (@dw_politics) <a href="">September 6, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Ms. Merkel reacted later in the day to this interview saying that ‘she saw it differently’ and that the protests in Chemnitz showed both people "filled with hate aimed at other people" and "how people stand up to xenophobia and racism."

"It is a tense situation in which, I believe, everyone needs to take a position."


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