Germany’s Greens Leader Advocates for Helping Underaged Refugees
Germany’s Green Leader Robert Habeck calls for a massive relief operation for thousands of migrants who have been in Greek camps for months. His plan advocates in favor of a unilateral solution, as, according to Habeck, Germany has the capacity to act without a unified effort by the European Union.
Greens leader Robert Habeck seeks to bring thousands of migrants from the refugee camps in Greece to Germany. He wants to start with children, as he explained in an interview with a large German daily newspaper.
On the Greek islands off the Turkish coast, about 4,000 children were crowded, including “many girls, many fragile little people.” That is why quick help was a “requirement of humanity.”
Federal states such as Berlin and Thuringia have already declared that they were ready to accept children, as well as the Green’s side of the government of Baden-Württemberg and the Lower Saxony Interior Minister Boris Pistorius from the SPD.
Germany must also act if others in the EU do not take part, because “a consensus amongst the EU countries in this many is inconceivable,” Habeck said. Given the urgency and the current circumstances in the Greek islands, Habeck declined to set a maximum for the number of refugees who should come to Germany.
Besides immigration, Habeck also addressed the issue of climate change. He warned that politics could lose the younger generation with its current climate policy. “They are exhausted now, they have given everything. And what did they get? Ten euros for the ton of CO2 and after tough negotiations €25.” The greatest danger, according to Habeck, was that at some point, they would no longer trust that democratic protest, which could lead to complete disinterest, Habeck criticized.
It was no wonder that young people also had more radical demands that even the Green Party’s congress did not support. “One needs to remember what one did by the age of 16.” However, unlike in the 1970s, when “many” ended up with the RAF, there were clear limits to civil disobedience, the environmentalist movement continues to utilize.
However, he welcomed the current civil disobedience for the cause of climate change: “Our office was also recently occupied. People had been on the streets for days, they needed toilets, and they were freezing. Then they sat with us in the stairwell, sang songs and ate cakes. We coped with that,” Habeck eluded.