Last week a group of culture-enriching arsonists set fire to the Moria migrant camp on Lesbos, destroying it. After the European Union reacted to the inferno of Moria by agreeing to take in the displaced invaders, migrants on other Greek islands were prompted to grab matches and accelerants and go to work on their own accommodations. As of this writing, a fire has been set on the island of Samos.
Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from FOCUS Online about the German response to the situation on the Greek islands. This piece was successively updated at the top, so the oldest portions are at the bottom:
Dramatic situation on Lesbos
Six young men are said to have started fire — awaiting charges
After the fire in the Moria refugee camp, the federal [German] government offered to take in more than 400 families with children from the Greek islands.
New accommodations are to be built on Lesbos, with the participation of the EU.
The current situation in the news ticker from FOCUS Online.
Six young men are said to have started fire in Moria: charges awaited
2:53 p.m.: Six young men of Afghan origin are to be brought before the public prosecutor on Wednesday on suspicion of arson in the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos.
The suspects, including two minors, will be charged at noon, authorities said. Four of the suspects were arrested on Monday by police in Lesbos, where a devastating fire last week destroyed Europe’s largest refugee camp. This left more than 12,000 refugees homeless.
The other two suspects, aged 17, were brought to mainland Greece after the fire.
They belonged to a group of around 400 unaccompanied minors who were brought to safety shortly after the fire, according to the official ANA news agency.
They were later arrested.
According to the Greek authorities, the fire in Moria was deliberately started.
Admission of 1,500 refugees: UN refugee agency surprised by German selection
2.48 p.m.: The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) welcomed the admission of around 1,500 refugees from Greece to Germany — but was surprised at the selection criteria. “These are people who already have refugee status,” UNHCR spokesman Chris Melzer told the German press agency on Wednesday.
The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) would have had sufficient capacities and know-how to support Greece in processing asylum applications. “Perhaps it would have made more sense to have taken in people whose asylum applications are still being processed.”
Nevertheless, it is a positive signal that the number of people on the islands will be reduced — which is the most urgent task at the moment. “The camps on the Greek islands must be relieved; they are still up to four times overcrowded,” said Melzer. “Even with the best management, you can’t accommodate people with such overcrowding.”
“The thickest board”: Merkel reckons with EU failure in refugee policy
Wednesday, September 16, 10:56 a.m.: After the fire in the Moria refugee camp, the federal government offered to take in more than 400 families with children from the Greek islands.
Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) spoke of a sensible and humanitarian approach.
“You will continue to promote a European approach in migration policy,” said Merkel after information from the German Press Agency of participants in the meeting of the Union parliamentary group. But given the local situation, help on a large scale is needed.
The Bild newspaper also reports on Merkel’s statements, citing several participants in the parliamentary group meeting.
Accordingly, Merkel chose clear words with a view to the EU failure in refugee policy:
“We all knew that the situation on the Greek islands had been untenable, and had been for a long time the whole misery of the European migration policy, which is not one.”
With a view to the situation in Lesbos and in the Moria camp, Merkel said, according to dpa: When experts from the UN refugee agency UNHCR said that they had seldom seen a refugee camp like Moria in the world, “then this is not a sign of Europe’s values ??and for Europe’s ability to act .”
According to the Bild newspaper, Merkel described a refugee and asylum policy at the EU level as “the thickest board” . In contrast, financial negotiations are “a simple matter”.
Fire on Samos partly under control — first arrests
11:01 p.m.: The fire not far from the Vathy refugee camp on the Greek island of Samos is halfway under control, the island’s online portal Samos Today reported on Tuesday evening.
The camp is not in danger, said Mayor Giorgos Stantzos to the radio station Thema 104.6.
There were also the first arrests — several men were arrested by the police on suspicion of arson. At first it was not clear who the men were and what motives they were pursuing.
Fire on the Greek island of Samos near the refugee camp
10.30 p.m.: On the Greek island of Samos, a fire broke out near the refugee camp there on Tuesday evening.
“There is a fire at the edge of the registration center,” said the mayor of Vathy, Giorgos Stantzos, to the German press agency. “No tents are burning yet, but I’m concerned.” Corresponding pictures and videos of a large source of fire were published on social media.
According to Greek media, the fire broke out 200 to 300 meters above the refugee camp.
Since the fire in the Moria refugee camp on the island of Lesbos a few days ago, Greek politicians have been warning of the “Moria tactic”, according to which fires could also be started in other refugee camps on the islands of Samos, Chios, Leros and Kos — especially if the people are moved from Lesbos to the mainland or to central and northern Europe.
In view of the burned-down camp, the migrants on Lesbos are demanding to be allowed to leave the island immediately. However, most of them have yet to complete their asylum applications. The Greek government insists that migrants must go through the normal asylum process.
According to the Greek Ministry of Migration, around 4,600 migrants live in the Vathy refugee camp near the place of the same name on the island of Samos, but the camp only has a capacity of around 650 places.
Two people tested positive for the corona virus in the camp on Tuesday .
After the first corona cases in Camp Moria, the situation on Lesbos escalated last week.
Esken assumes that more refugees will be accepted
6:12 p.m.: The SPD chairwoman Saskia Esken assumes that Germany will accept more asylum seekers from there after taking in 1,553 additional refugees from the Greek islands.
It was clearly agreed with the EU that Germany would make an appropriate contribution within a possible European contingent that has been negotiated for a week. “It will certainly move in a similar order of magnitude to our current actions,” said Esken on Tuesday in Berlin with a view to the German promise to accept 1,553 additional refugees, in addition to 150 unaccompanied underage asylum seekers.
Scholz and Seehofer come to an agreement — Germany accepts a total of 2,750 refugees
4.41 p.m.: Chancellor Merkel and Interior Minister Seehofer announced in the morning that Germany is taking in around 1,500 refugees from Greece.
Now the SPD and the Union have also agreed on the composition of the 1,553 refugees. Seehofer had come to an understanding with SPD Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz. 408 families from several Greek islands, one of which is Lesbos, are to be accepted into Germany. The 1,553 people are said to come mainly from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. Then there are the 150 unaccompanied underage asylum seekers that Seehofer announced on Friday. All 1,553 people have already gone through the Greek asylum procedure and are recognized as entitled to protection.
Even before the fire, Germany had agreed to work with other European countries to take in particularly vulnerable migrants from the islands — unaccompanied children and young people as well as sick children with their parents and siblings. According to the federal government, this earlier commitment is likely to affect at least 1,000 people, of whom more than 500 are already in Germany.
The total number of people that Germany is taking over from the Greek islands is around 2,750, said government spokesman Seibert.
Vice-Chancellor Scholz spoke to the media shortly after the exact number and composition became known. “It is very good that Germany is doing this,” he said. The fact that 1,553 family members could leave the islands is a step in the right direction.
“Of course it is clear that this is not the end of it. We agree that we have to work on an overall European solution,” said Scholz.
Germany then wants to participate again.
Merkel’s refugee plan “dangerous”? Greeks react to media reports
2.10 p.m.: Germany’s announcement that it would take in 1,500 more refugees from the Greek islands was also followed closely in Greece .
The Bild newspaper reported that the Greek government was against the German plan and even considered it “dangerous”.
The Greek government spokesman contradicts this message at the request of FOCUS Online and refers to statements by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis from the weekend. At that time he said:
“I also talked to President Macron and Chancellor Merkel about how these children can be distributed very quickly in European countries. And I can tell you that I am in contact with the Chancellor and spoke to her last night to see whether Germany can support us even more and take in some families for whom a positive asylum decision has already been made.”
AfD politicians vote for refugee admission at the local level
2:01 p.m.: In the debate about the admission of refugees from the Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, two local AfD politicians in Franconia voted for greater German involvement.
The two district councilors voted in a meeting of the Erlangen-Höchstadt district council for a resolution proposal from the Greens, as the district office confirmed on Tuesday.
The Süddeutsche Zeitung had previously reported on it.
AfD district chairman Siegfried Ermer said that the two AfD politicians did not agree to the Greens’ proposal, but to an alternative proposal written by District Administrator Alexander Tritthart (CSU). In fact, however, the district administrator had only incorporated requests for slight changes from several parliamentary groups into the Greens’ proposal. The vote in the district council was then unanimous, with a 50-0 vote
“The conditions in Moria are shameful”
2:01 p.m.: Marco Buschmann, First Parliamentary Managing Director of the FDP parliamentary group, is not particularly happy about the plan of Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU).
“The conditions in Moria are shameful. We have to help there,” he told FOCUS Online. “But you shouldn’t, as the federal government is now apparently planning, fixate on arbitrary head counts.”
Buschmann: “Where does this number 1,500 come from? Was there a request for an offer from the municipalities?”
“To put a number into the world only provokes debates about more or less. Rather, one should look at outcomes specifically according to objective criteria to help those who particularly need this help,” demands the FDP politician. Families with sick children, for example, or unaccompanied persons under the age of 14.
After fire in Moria: Greek authorities arrest five suspected arsonists
1:31 p.m.: Greek security forces have arrested five suspected arsonists who are said to have set fire to the registry camp on Moria last week.
The Greek minister for civil protection, Michalis Chrysochoidis, announced on Tuesday: “The arsonists have been arrested. They are young migrants. Another one is still wanted,” he said on the state radio (ERT).
From police circles it was said that the five alleged arsonists were Afghans whose asylum applications had been rejected. Greek media reported that two of the alleged arsonists were arrested not on Lesbos but in northern Greece. They were minors who were flown to northern Greece one day after the major fire to protect them, and who were to be taken in by other EU states, reported the Athens TV channel Mega, citing police sources.
The Moria camp was almost completely destroyed in several simultaneous fires. More than 12,500 migrants were left homeless.
To accommodate these people, Athens has set up a tent camp not far from the old one in Moria.
Seehofer and Merkel plan to take in around 1,500 migrants from the Greek islands
9.41 a.m.: Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) have agreed to take in around 1,500 more migrants from the Greek islands in Germany.
As the German press agency learned from domestic politicians on Tuesday, these are families with children who have already been recognized in Greece as in need of protection. According to the information, the proposal has already been discussed with the Greek government.
It was not yet clear whether the SPD would agree to this. The SPD chairman Saskia Esken had called for Germany to take in several thousand refugees from Greece in addition to the offers of help that had already been made.
The Greek authorities assume that the refugee camp Moria, which had been hopelessly overcrowded for years, was set on fire by migrants last week. The situation there had previously escalated after several asylum seekers tested positive for the coronavirus.
The Federal Ministry of the Interior wants to send a delegation to Lesbos to see who needs protection most urgently. The aim is to use “objective criteria” when making the selection, “so that there are no uncontrollable consequences,” the ministry said.
Asylum debate after Moria fire — FOCUS Online answers your questions!
After the major fire in the Greek refugee camp Moria on the island of Lesbos, the debate about the admission of refugees is picking up speed again.
“The Chancellor talks like 2015”: The debate about the Moria refugees is raging in the Union
6.44 a.m.: Talks are ongoing in the federal government about accepting additional refugees from the Moria refugee camp, which was destroyed by fire.
Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) wants a decision by the cabinet meeting on Wednesday. The federal government continues to strive for a European solution.
The topic should also play an important role in the parliamentary group meetings in the Bundestag on Tuesday. In the Union in particular, the inclusion debate is hotly debated. This became clear in the CDU presidium meeting on Monday. According to Spiegel, several speakers are said to have warned against repeating the “mistake” of 2015.
Health Minister Jens Spahn is quoted as saying: “The mood is different from 2015. There shouldn’t be endless debates now.”
Last week Spahn had already highlighted in the FOCUS Online interview how important help is, but also emphasized that there is a consensus in the EU that 2015 should not be repeated.
“We have emphasized this many times and decided several times.”
[Translator’s comment: and Fuehrer Merkel already stated some weeks back that she wants a repeat of 2015.]
In the internal meeting on Monday, the parliamentary group leader Ralph Brinkhaus is said to have warned against taking in too large a contingent of people. “You shouldn’t allow yourself to be blackmailed by the SPD.”
The Bild newspaper also quotes a board member who said after the meeting: “The Chancellor is already talking the same way she did in 2015; that can’t go well.”
The candidate for the CDU chairmanship, Friedrich Merz, does not believe in a European solution and criticizes an “outbidding competition” in Germany. “If I see it correctly, Greece has not yet asked that the European Union accept refugees from Lesbos and distribute them to individual countries.”
Merz told the German press agency. “Apart from Luxembourg and Germany, no other member state of the EU is ready to do this anyway. It therefore makes no sense to continue looking for a ‘European solution’ for distribution, nor to enter into a competition in Germany to see how many migrants we should be taking in.”
Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) announced on Friday that Germany would take in 100 to 150 young people out of a total of 400 unaccompanied minors who are to be brought from Greece to other European countries.
In a second step, they also want to talk to Athens about accepting families with children.
The SPD calls for a nationwide initiative to take in significantly more migrants from the burned down Moria camp than planned.
Von der Leyen: In Greece, refugee camps could be set up under EU leadership
6.13 p.m.: After the fire in the Greek refugee camp Moria, a new camp could be built under the joint leadership of the EU and Greece.
In the past few days there have been considerations “that such a refugee camp could be managed by the Greek authorities and possibly also by the agencies of the European Union,” said EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Monday after a video conference with China’s President Xi Jinping.
At the same time, she announced that the EU Commission would present its proposals for EU asylum reform a week earlier than planned, i.e. on September 23rd. This should accelerate the discussion about the reform.
[Translator’s comment: Anyone who hasn’t noticed by now that the EU-flunkies are in the pocket of the CCP should have his or her Brain Death Certificate checked out.]
Chancellor Angela Merkel assured German support if a new reception center is to be set up on the island of Lesbos. Athens has expressed ideas “that I support very much,” said the CDU politician. Accordingly, responsibility should no longer only be assumed from the Greek side, but also from the European side.
In any case, that would be a pilot project to think about. For the time being, sovereign rights rest with Greece, said Merkel. There had to be a contract that there could also be European trade. “I think this is a really important step on the way to a stronger Europeanization of migration policy.”
As an EU state with external borders, Greece has assumed a lot of responsibility, said Merkel. “That is why Greece deserves support,” said the Chancellor. This should be organized to be as European as possible.
It is also a question of which group of people is particularly needy and who can be additionally accepted. “All of this has to be put into one package. There is absolutely no point in just talking about a number now.” Everyone knows that the European task of migration policy cannot be solved by Germany alone.
Merkel criticizes Austria’s Chancellor Kurz — and is open to accepting Moria refugees
Monday, September 14, 2:57 p.m.:
Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) criticized Austria’s Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz for his stance on refugee policy at a meeting of the CDU presidium.
Demanding a “financial discount” does not fit Austria’s stance on refugee policy. Austria’s role is “not good”, neither is that of the Netherlands. According to information obtained by FOCUS Online, it was mainly about the low number of refugees that the Netherlands wanted to take in.
The meeting of the Presidium also dealt with Germany’s role in accepting refugees. The Chancellor wants to decide on the admission of further migrants from the burned-own Greek refugee camp Moria by the cabinet meeting this Wednesday. In this context, she was in coordination with Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU), said Merkel on Monday, according to participants in the CDU presidium meeting in Berlin.
The federal government continues to strive for a European solution.
According to this information, Merkel is also planning a meeting with mayors from Germany who are campaigning for the reception of refugees. But there is no appointment yet, she made it clear.
According to information from the Bild newspaper from Brussels and Berlin government circles, Merkel has shown herself to be open to further admission of refugees to Germany. Specifically, it should be about taking in children with their parents. This should be made clear as a “one-time action”, reports the newspaper.
CDU General Secretary Paul Ziemiak did not clearly confirm this at the subsequent press conference. He just made it clear: “We want to help.” Everyone on the CDU federal executive board wanted to not only show compassion, but also to provide help on site quickly. “It’s not about weeks and months, it’s about hours and days that the people on site are helped. The situation on Lesbos is appalling and shameful.”
Ziemiak added: “Should it be necessary in the course of a European process for Germany to accept more people, then we want to do so in coordination with our Greek partners.”
Because of “police operation”: Police on Lesbos chased journalists from public streets
12.26 p.m.: The police on Lesbos chased press photographers, journalists and television crews from the Thermi-Mytilene road around Kara Tepe, where the tents and sleeping quarters of the homeless refugees are to the right and left of the street, reports FOCUS Online correspondent Wassilis Aswestopoulos from Ort. It is not about the new warehouse, but about the public street at the local Lidl supermarket.
Reporting by the press is to be stopped. The previous reason given orally by the police, but also orally confirmed by the Prime Minister’s personal press office, is “a police operation”.
SPD goes on a confrontation course with Seehofer on the refugee issue
Sunday, September 13th, 8:24 am: The SPD is on a confrontational course with Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) on the refugee issue .
The SPD chairman Saskia Esken does not want to accept Seehofer’s announcement that 100 to 150 unaccompanied minors will be admitted after the fire in the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos.
Esken said to “Bild am Sonntag”: “The SPD will not be satisfied with the announcements made by Horst Seehofer. We will also not accept that for tactical reasons the dignity of these people is trampled underfoot.”
Esken demanded: “Germany must lead the way here and can agree to accept further refugees regardless of the decision of other EU countries.”
Green parliamentary leader Katrin Göring-Eckardt is also in favor of evacuating more migrants from Lesbos. Europe should not rest on the announced admission of 400 unaccompanied children. All refugees must now be supplied quickly and distributed across Europe. “Germany should set an example, preferably with other Europeans in a coalition of the willing. To wait until a pan-European solution has been found means to refuse to help,” said Göring-Eckardt.
Bild am Sonntag: The Green politician who traveled to Lesbos themselves to get an idea of ??the situation, described the situation on the Greek island as dramatic: “The refugees wait in the middle of the dirt, are defenselessly exposed to the sun, without water or enough food.”
[Translator’s comment: Katrin Göring-Eckardt will also not stop until Germany and the German People are extinct.]
First refugees arrived in the makeshift camp
7.49 p.m.: The first refugees have now arrived in a makeshift camp after the devastating fire in Moria. When quick tests were carried out, an infant tested positive for corona. The baby was flown to Athens shortly afterwards.
Almost 2,000 of the homeless are not entitled to stay in the camp because their asylum application has been rejected.
[Translator’s comment: What’s wrong wit REPATRIATION?]
“Immediate reception of the refugees from Moria”: Demonstration for refugees in Hamburg
4:21 p.m.: According to the police, around 1,000 people demonstrated for the rights of refugees in Hamburg on Saturday. Refugee organizations called for the “Bring back the Lampedusa Tent” demonstration in the city center. It was initially about the demand for the reconstruction of a tent that had been used by Lampedusa refugees since 2013 as a permanent vigil and was forcibly dismantled by the district Mitte at the end of March not far from the main train station.
Another topic after the fire in the Moria refugee camp was how to deal with the refugees on the Greek islands.
For the demonstration, the police blocked some streets around the town hall market. In the afternoon, the police spoke of a trouble-free course.
Further events in Hamburg had been registered for Saturday.
[Translator’s comment: I bet it was a trouble-free course. No “Corona-deniers” or “right-wing radicals” to harass or to attack in that crowd, now, were there? What a disgusting bunch of traitorous hypocrites. They make me sick. I would also bet that all those policemen and -women went successfully through the Milgram Experiment.]
SPD politician’s post: “It’s not about a European solution. It doesn’t exist”
12:08 p.m.: When it comes to the refugee situation in the Greek camp Moria, Union politicians in particular like to point out that a “European solution” is needed.
The SPD member of the Bundestag Florian Post has a fairly clear opinion on this: “It is currently not primarily about looking for a European solution, it does not exist at the moment,” said Post in an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) . “The point now is to set a good example. We’re talking about people here! And there is imminent danger. Or in an even simpler comparison: If a house is on fire between two localities, then you don’t argue about the jurisdiction of the local fire brigades, but the one who is first on site to extinguish it.”
[Translator’s comment: And if it is arson, you lock the bastards up and don’t give them the key to your own home, now, do you? What a MORON.]
Post was one of only two SPD MPs who voted in March for an application from the Greens to accept 5,000 particularly vulnerable people from Moria. The rest of the group voted against it.
Post on this: “Every voting behavior is individual and you have to be able to explain that in the case of criticism and approval. It always means that these are coalition constraints, I also know this game. But if decisions of conscience should only be formula compromises, then we can delete that from the Constitution.”
On the question of whether Germany should allow more refugees from Moria to be admitted, Post said to the SZ: “My position is that we must give priority to humanity here.” And further: “The federal government should finally allow the willing municipalities and states to join. I would also not interpret Mr. Seehofer as falling over if he now withdraws his decision.”
[Translator’s comment: Does that mean that he, Post, wants to grant them all immediate citizenship in Germany, since it is the GERMAN Constitution he’s talking about?
And what about showing some compassion and humanity towards German citizens who lost everything through the German Governments’ Corona policies?
But I always seem to forget: a people that are marked for extinction by their own political class have no HUMAN RIGHTS.]
SPD politician Lindh: “We cannot allow ourselves to wait”
1.46 p.m.: “Greece is not alone”, the SPD MP Helge Lindh begins his speech. He is one of the last speakers in the Moria debate.
Months and years have passed before a camp is set up under appropriate conditions on Lesbos. “We can’t afford to wait now,” warns the SPD politician. “First we need emergency aid for the thousands who have to be evacuated.”
1.40 p.m.: Elisabeth Motschmann speaks for the CDU.
In this situation, the only order of the day could be “first active help, then the committees”. So far there is no European refugee policy. “That is why we must now alleviate the obvious human misery. Germany is strong, Germany can help,” appealed the MP. “We must act now because of Christian responsibility.”
[Translator’s comment: Christian responsibility begins at HOME, and should be used towards one’s own people to avoid human misery, instead of importing a doctrine, like Islam, that HATES everything that isn’t Islamic and will heap tons of human misery onto, especially, young German women.]
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