A few days ago German Chancellor Angela Merkel notoriously said that there must be no upper limit on the number of “refugees” admitted to Germany. Her words were part of a much longer interview with a lot of discussion on internal German political issues, so Vlad has excerpted the relevant segment in the video below.
The translator includes these explanatory notes:
- On September 24 general elections will be held. Merkel is expected to win her fourth term.
- Why that allusion to Seehofer?
Horst Seehofer is the Bavarian president and head of the CSU. The CSU is like a more conservative version of the CDU. Due to the sheer size of Bavaria, the CDU (Merkel) can only rule Germany in a coalition with the CSU. Seehofer is a sharp critic of Merkel’s refugee policies.
|00:00||To make this completely clear, Mrs. Chancellor — should Horst Seehofer|
|00:03||after September 24 again demand establishing an upper limit for refugees —|
|00:09||he does not even want to sign a coalition contract without an upper limit —|
|00:14||then, if I understand you correctly, you will stand firm with your ‘No’? —Absolutely, yes.|
|00:18||Or will it be like the car toll, where you said you didn’t want it, and then it happens?|
|00:21||I knew you would bring this up again. My stance on the upper limit is clear: I will not accept it.|
|00:26||We have in common that we want to reduce, organize, manage, combat the causes.|
|00:32||And I think that way we will achieve what we want, without an upper limit.