“Merkel Expresses her Responsibility”

SPD Party Vice Ralf Stegner calls in the Bamf affair and clarification of Angela Merkel. The Chancellor contributes significantly to the “chronology of failure“.

In the affair for unlawful asylum decisions the SPD demands that Chancellor Angela Merkel intervene. “The Chancellor must now finally make sure that is cleared up – and she must finally clear up,” said the SPD vice-chairman Ralf Stegner the “world”.

Stegner pointed out that Merkel had specifically brought the responsibility for refugee policy to the Chancellery. “Merkel expresses her own responsibility, she is silent, does nothing and wants to sit out the loss of control in the Bamf,” said Stegner.

in der Qualitätssicherung in der Bamf-Zentrale erheblich verstärkt.

“Leadership is the principle of Angela Merkel”
The political responsibility for the affair lies with the Union since they lead the Federal Interior Ministry for 13 years. “Merkel has a significant stake in this chronology of failure,” said the deputy SPD leader.

The chancellor is trying to “get a slim foot” and to shirk all responsibility to Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU). “Leadership is the principle of Angela Merkel,” said Stegner.

Also interpreters, lawyers, doctors under suspicion
According to the prosecution, the Bremer Bamf branch office, which is at the center of the affair, is suspected of granting asylum to at least 1,200 people between 2013 and 2016 without sufficient grounds. There are allegations not only against the officials responsible, but also against lawyers, translators and doctors who have manipulated procedures for cash payments.

Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer announced a complete education. “An independent education is paramount here, and without the respect of persons, comprehensively and at all levels,” Seehofer explained on Sunday in Berlin. He and the Bamf head Jutta Cordt are interviewed on Tuesday before the Interior Committee of the Bundestag on the affair of asylum decisions in the Bamf body Bremen.

A committee of inquiry as a solution?
While Justice Minister Katarina Barley (SPD) pointed out that Seehofer was just two months in office, demanded the leader of the Left Party, Sahra Wagenknecht, as soon as possible clarification. The background is the committee of inquiry of the Bundestag, which was discussed by the AfD and the FDP. But both parties do not have the necessary number of 25 percent of the members of the Bundestag, which would be necessary for the establishment of a committee.

The “Bild am Sonntag” quoted from confidential mails, according to which the Bamf was informed already on 14 July 2017 about irregularities in the asylum application. The Ministry of the Interior said that on 10 October 2017, the Ministry asked the Bamf to investigate the reasons for the above-average level of positive asylum decisions in Bremen’s Bamf office. There, at least 1200 incorrect decisions were issued.

Barley demanded in addition to the processing of operations in Bremen generally random sample review of asylum decisions. The Interior Ministry pointed out that Seehofer had already announced on May 23, to randomly ten percent of all asylum decisions to be reviewed before delivery to those affected. For this, the number of employees in quality assurance at the Bamf headquarters will be considerably strengthened.

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