No Rule of Law in Germany, Bavarian State Premier Says
Horst Seehofer, the state premier of Bavaria, who for months has been at loggerheads with Chancellor Angela Merkel over the refugee crisis, declared Tuesday that rule of law no longer existed in Germany.
“At the moment, we don’t have a state of law and order,” Mr. Seehofer, speaking of the chancellor’s open-door policy towards refugees, told Bavarian newspaper Passauer Neue Presse. “There is no rule of law.”
The choice of words by Mr. Seehofer, who also heads the Bavarian Christian Social Union party, a sister party to Ms. Merkel’s Christian Democrats, marks a dramatic escalation in rhetoric against the German chancellor. Denying rule of law is something the CSU party has in the past used only when referring to dictatorships, such as the former German Democratic Republic in East Germany, or North Korea. The reference was condemned by Ms. Merkel’s political allies.
Mr. Seehofer repeated his claim that opening the borders to refugees without documentation and immigration papers violates the German constitution. He bases his claim on a recent study by a constitutional lawyer, commissioned by the CSU.
More than 1 million asylum-seekers sought refuge in Germany in 2015. Mr. Seehofer and other German politicians have demanded that the government place a cap on the number of refugees the country can accept this year.
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