The debate about the refugee influx took a murderous turn when Frauke Petry and Beatrix von Storch of the right-wing populous political party Alternative for Germany (AfD) gave the rhetorical order to fire on refugees.
The discussion about immigrants in Germany seems to have lost control. It might be a coincidence that at almost the same moment, for the first time, a live grenade was thrown at a refugee center. But it fits – deaths will be acceptable, even factored in, to further incite the German population.
It’s now all the more important to keep a space open between the policies of the German federal government and the right-extremists’ strategic fantasies of violence, to weigh options, to discuss control strategies.
These need to go beyond mere urging for a European solution which is nothing more than the eternal repetition of empty words like “upper limit” but leaves the fundamental principle untouched: Nobody in Europe will shoot at people coming to us in the hope of help.
Such thought isn’t only necessary for practical reasons but certainly also for political hygiene. Nothing drives people away from moderate political parties, away from democracy, faster than saying there’s only one possible way to handle a situation.