Saar Minister-President: Aid to refugees must not be allowed to go it alone

Refugees in Greece, via dts
Refugees in Greece, via dts
The Saarland Prime Minister Tobias Hans (CDU) has welcomed more than 1.500 refugees from the Greek islands in Germany.

“It is important to take in more people than previously announced. Regardless of how many people take in other EU countries, Germany will do its part, the willingness is there, "said Hans of the" Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung ".

Germany is welcome to go ahead. “But it mustn't be going it alone.” Because Germany alone cannot solve the migration problem in Europe, it needs a “common European effort”. Moria is a “European tragedy”, and one must learn from it that Europe must act in greater solidarity, said the Saarland regional chief. But one cannot wait for all 27 EU states to participate. “I agree if there is a coordinated solution in the European Union, for example with other countries such as France. If countries refuse completely, we have to talk afterwards about how we can sanction such unsolidary behavior, ”said Hans. The CDU politician spoke out in favor of sticking to the previous distribution of refugees among the federal states and not resorting to those municipalities that have already indicated their willingness to accept. "Even if I assume that the federal government will pay for the cost of the accommodation, it is also a question of a fair distribution of the burden." Hans described it as "unworthy" when SPD leader Saskia Esken gave ultimatums for the decision on further aid. “We see pictures of children on the street every day. We cannot accept that. But I am opposed to party-political tactics being used here and a party of the other issuing ultimatums ”. Esken had requested a decision within 48 hours.