DrMigration researcher Gerald Knaus has accused the European Union of an „alternative for Germany policy” in the conflict with Belarus. „What we’re doing now is an alternative policy for Germany, which we didn’t do in 2015 at the EU border,” Knaus said on Wednesday. In ARD „Morgenmagazin”.
For Russia and Belarus’ ruler Alexander Lukashenko, it is a moral relief to see that the European Union is no longer bound by its values and is impotent. Knauss, who is considered the architect of the EU-Turkey deal to limit the movement of refugees, quoted Beatrix von Storch, politician for the AfD party. She said in January 2016: “Anyone who does not accept to stop at our borders is an attacker. We have to defend ourselves against the attackers, even with weapons.” This is exactly what is being practiced at the Belarusian border now.
Knaus warned that the EU was sliding into a strategic, political and moral defeat. Politically it is divided. Loud voices will rise that sooner or later, let us negotiate with him. The immigration researcher said: Let’s lift the sanctions on Lukashenko. At the same time, the union is abandoning its values ”because we see brutal competition where all refugee laws and conventions are no longer in force”. In addition, the situation shows the extent of blackmail of the Federation.
This is a reference to the neighboring Russian countries. „The next time the European Union considers sanctions because an attack is imminent in Ukraine, there is a high risk of ten thousand people showing up on the borders of the Baltic states,” Knaus said. Russia expects that the union will give way.
Knaus spoke on WELT news channel about „the EU’s biggest moral crisis at its borders in many years”. He will be shown and all his principles transgressed. „We don’t know exactly how much brutality is on the border because even Frontex is not allowed. But we do know that people here are being pushed into the cold, in a situation where, on the other hand, an unscrupulous dictator has every interest in escalation, even in the deaths on these Borders.” The message from Minsk and Moscow in the past is the days: you have absolutely no values. See how you keep your lofty principles on these frontiers.
The people now at the border cannot let the European Union freeze to death in the cold. „But we want to send a signal at the same time: anyone who goes to Belarus from now on and falls into the trap of a dictator will not come to Germany.”
He believes the whole strategy is aimed at Germany: „Germany is the main target country for people who are brought to the border – because Germany treats people humanely. It has been that way for the past six years. Whoever arrives in Germany is not treated as in the EU countries. other European.
According to Knaus, a solution can only be found through partnerships. „I think the German chancellor should now contact the US president and the president of Ukraine and conclude an anti-blackmail agreement,” he said.
Zimiak calls for more pressure on migrants’ countries of origin
Christian Democratic Union Secretary-General Paul Zimyak calls for more pressure on migrants’ countries of origin. This also includes sanctions against airlines, Ziemiak, the WELT news channel, said. “We also support many of these countries with our help locally, which is why you can start from there. We have to talk to these countries and we have to make it clear to the airlines that if you take people to Belarus with this knowledge, there will be penalties, and that also means that your business model The European Union is in danger,” he said.
Because of the effect of false signals, Zimiak said, bringing all refugees to the EU or Germany is not a solution. That is why we now have to have conversations – not only with countries of origin, but also with third countries that register people and take care of them in a humane way and then return those who are not authorized to do so. But the message should be: This is not the way to the European Union and certainly not to Germany.”
Zimyak said that the current situation on the Belarusian-Polish border cannot be compared with the situation of refugees in 2015. “It is the criminal activity of this regime in Minsk with the support of Moscow to use people as a hybrid weapon against the EU. That is why the situation today at the EU border with Belarus is different from the situation today. In 2015, for example.
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