Ex-Union parliamentary group leader Friedrich Merz has demanded a reaction to the situation with thousands of migrants in the border area between Belarus and Poland from the heads of the likely future traffic light coalition.
Berlin – “The German public is entitled to know what opinion the future government has on this issue,” said Merz, who is considered a likely candidate for the CDU chairmanship, to the German Press Agency in Berlin on Tuesday. With a view to SPD chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz and Greens leader Annalena Baerbock, Merz added: “Both Mr. Scholz and Mrs. Baerbock with their profound knowledge of international law should express themselves clearly on this issue and say how they feel the help and support for Introduce Poland. ” Poland now «deserves our solidarity and support despite all the differences of opinion within the EU».
“The silence of German politics – except for the Federal Minister of the Interior (Horst Seehofer, CSU) – on this massive threat to the territorial integrity of the European Union is completely unacceptable,” criticized Merz further. The situation on the Polish eastern border is getting worse. “With the help of Russia, the ruler in Minsk is playing a cynical game on the backs of the refugees, who are apparently deliberately brought to the Polish border and encouraged to cross the border illegally.” This border is the eastern border of the EU and at the same time that of NATO. “The EU must now help the Polish government quickly and effectively to secure this border,” demanded Merz.
Thousands of migrants in the border region between Belarus and Poland had spent the night in freezing temperatures in tents. The government in Warsaw and the EU accuse the authoritarian Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko of having people flown in from crisis regions such as Afghanistan and Iraq in order to smuggle them into the EU. (dpa)