The German Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is starting to review its migration policy since 2015, according to a party president on a Sunday German newspaper interview.
In an interview with Welt am Sonntag, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer pointed out that in 2019 they focus on developing traditional CDU core competencies, namely security, strong state and economic policy.
He said that the effectiveness of security agencies should be strengthened, so in February, we will review the whole issue of immigration from the point of view of efficiency, from the 2015 decisions to the date of the 2015 decision, at a so-called workshop meeting, from the protection of the external border to asylum procedure.
A meeting with the European Union Border and Coast Guard Organization (Frontex) will invite experts from several institutions to the German Federal Office for Immigration and Asylum (BAMF) to investigate where and where to improve.
This year is a “special election year”, added Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, referring to the holding of a provincial parliamentary election in Bremen and three eastern provinces in the former NKD – Brandenburg, Saxony, Thuringia – in addition to the European Parliament elections. the CDU’s new right-wing rival, the Alternativ Germans (AfD), is strong.
He stressed that voters from CDU were not only voters but also Greens. Therefore, besides safety and “economic competence”, it is also important that the CDU strike a balance between the interests of climate protection and Germany as a “strong economic nation”.
On economic policy, he also said that Germany is in a good position compared to neighboring countries, but “because of various external and internal factors, our well-being is not as sure as it seems”.
Thus, the “trade war” between the United States and China is under pressure from the German industry, and “our social market economy is in competition with the Chinese economy, which is very successful, but its perception of value is quite different from ours,” he said.
Speaking of internal factors, he added that we need to look at how to stimulate economic growth and strengthen competitiveness by reforming the system of taxes and contributions on businesses, for example.
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer took over the CDU leadership in December, its predecessor was Chancellor Angela Merkel, who announced at the end of October that she would finish her party leadership and hold the post of head of government until the end of the cycle until the fall of 2021 and then withdraw from politics.
National voter support for the CDU and the Bavarian Pupil, the Union of Christian Social Union (CSU), was then at a historic low of 24 percent, as measured by the Emnid Institute. The CDU / CSU has since expanded its camp, according to a recent survey by Emnid on Sunday’s Bild am Sonntag Sunday, its support in the first week of January was 31 percent, up 2 percentage points from one week earlier and close to the federal parliament in 2017 ( 32.9 percent at the Bundestag.