Yesterday Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz met with Bavarian Minister-President Markus Söder (the successor to Horst Seehofer, who is now Interior Minister) to discuss migration issues. The video below is a brief account of their meeting, with excerpts from the press conference.
It’s a reminder that Bavaria is a quasi-sovereign entity in some respects. It can conduct its own foreign policy to a limited extent, without having to clear it in advance with Berlin.
Many thanks to Ava Lon for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
|00:00||The Austrian federal government and the Bavarian state government have emphasized, in the context|
|00:05||of a meeting of both cabinets, their common line on refugee policy.|
|00:10||Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz exerted pressure in Linz|
|00:15||on the German government, in view of conflict in Berlin concerning asylum.|
|00:20||“I hope very much that our German neighbors manage to establish a common|
|00:25||line for the Federal Government, hopefully also a common line in the right direction|
|00:30||for the protection of borders, for the fight against illegal immigration.”|
|00:35||Bavarian Minister-President Markus Söder underlined that in Bavaria and Austria|
|00:41||there is a common interest in implementing a shift in European asylum policies.|
|00:46||“I believe that Austria plays key role in the future of Europe, and we support it,|
|00:51||not only as friends, but because we are deeply convinced about it. I consider the idea|
|00:56||of the Protection Zones in Africa as those key tasks that we can undertake, and when we|
|01:01||in Europe offer a lot of money for all possible things, then this one would really make sense.”|
|01:06||On July first Austria takes over the Presidency of the EU Council,|
|01:11||and it wants to set the tone in refugee and asylum policies EU-wide,|
|01:16||under the motto “Europe that protects”.