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German state leader demands action from Scholz on migration

The three parties in Mr Scholz’s centre-left coalition performed poorly, managing together less than a third of the vote.

• June 13, 2024
German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz
German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz [Credit: AP Photo/Hannibal Hanschke, Pool]

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has been urged to make specific proposals on migration ahead of a meeting next week between the federal government and the premiers of Germany’s 16 states.

“This is the last opportunity for the chancellor to show that he really will make proposals for effective control and order with respect to the migration issue,’’ the premier of the industrial heartland state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Hendrik Wüst, told journalists on Thursday.

The conservative politician spoke just days after anti-migration parties, including the Alternative for Germany (AfD) in Germany, made strong gains in Sunday’s European elections.

The three parties in Mr Scholz’s centre-left coalition performed poorly, managing together less than a third of the vote.

“We have to put a stop to irregular migration,’’ Mr Wüst said in the state capital, Dusseldorf, calling for plans for asylum procedures outside the European Union to be speeded up.

Mr Wüst said he expected expert reports resulting from an exchange between the Federal and State Governments to be presented at the June 20 ministers’ conference.

“We really need a line from the federal government on this issue,’’ he said.

While the federal government sets asylum policy, the states and local authorities provide the accommodation and services.

(dpa/NAN)

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