Open Borders Supporters Everywhere You Look: Katrin Göring-Eckhardt

There are millions of Germans who favor open borders, among them some of the most powerful people in the country. Case in point:

Katrin Göring-Eckhardt is one of the leading members of the German Green Party. It wins between 10-15% of the vote in national elections, which is a lot in a parliamentary system like Germany. Easily enough to make or break coalitions.  The Green Party has been in governing coalitions in many German states and was in the ruling coalition for all of Germany just recently.  She has said (g, my translation) "I really hope Chancellor Merkel decides to go to a refugee hostel sometime, listens to the stories the people tell, and then says: 'Yes, these are the new citizens of our country'."

She did not say "These are the migrants whom we will house humanely while their legal status is decided." Nor did she say: 'These are the refugees to whom we will provide temporary refuge to until conditions have improved in their home countries and they can return." Nor did she say: "These are the immigrants who may one day qualify for permanent residency status in Germany."

She said that Chancellor Merkel should expressly promise all the migrants she meets that they are already citizens of Germany, merely by virtue of arriving on its soil.

This is open borders, pure and simple. No country in modern history has ever implemented such a policy, for very good reasons.

I hope this settles the argument about whether 'open borders' is merely a straw-man argument. Real people with real power in Germany want it to happen, or at least claim they do.

6 thoughts on “Open Borders Supporters Everywhere You Look: Katrin Göring-Eckhardt

  1. In today’s FAZ, Jasper von Altenbockum has a few words to say about Göring-Eckardt:

    http://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/inland/kommentar-von-jasper-von-altenbockum-zum-fluechtlingsstrom-13768775.html

    I’d also like to call your attention to this interview with Paul Collier, whose views coincide with my own:

    http://www.zeit.de/gesellschaft/zeitgeschehen/2015-02/interview-collier-zuwanderung-fluechtlinge

    Behind the present policy shambles is a failure of political imagination, an unwillingness to come to terms with the entire scope of the migration issue, which must include not just economic but also social and environmental concerns. The result is the present unproductive polarization of political extremes.

    And, as Collier says, the foremost question must be: why are German women not giving birth to more children? Answering that is the answer to the crisis.

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  2. In today’s FAZ, Jasper von Altenbockum has a few words to say about Göring-Eckardt:

    http://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/inland/kommentar-von-jasper-von-altenbockum-zum-fluechtlingsstrom-13768775.html

    I’d also like to call your attention to this interview with Paul Collier, whose views coincide with my own:

    http://www.zeit.de/gesellschaft/zeitgeschehen/2015-02/interview-collier-zuwanderung-fluechtlinge

    Behind the present policy shambles is a failure of political imagination, an unwillingness to come to terms with the entire scope of the migration issue, which must include not just economic but also social and environmental concerns. The result is the present unproductive polarization of political extremes.

    And, as Collier says, the foremost question must be: why are German women not giving birth to more children? Answering that is the answer to the crisis.

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  3. Here’s Hannes Stein* writing in Springer-Verlag’s DIE WELT on “Europa wird schwarz. So what?” He doesn’t spell out open borders but it’s implied.

    […]
    Im Jahr 2100 rechnen die UN mit nur noch 646 Millionen Europäern – gleich gegenüber am anderen Ufer des Mittelmeeres leben dann 4,4 Milliarden Afrikaner.
    […]
    Und natürlich werden – auf krummen wie auf geraden, legalen Wegen – nicht nur edle Menschen einwandern, sondern auch Kriminelle und Fanatiker aller Schattierungen. Nichts davon ist unnormal, nichts davon muss einen denkenden Menschen mit Schrecken erfüllen. In Europa werden künftig eben mehr Leute mit dunkler Haut leben als je zuvor in seiner Geschichte. So what?

    Reminds me of Daniel’s take; “We’ll just have to face [uncontrolled third world immigration] and make the best of it.” Heck, if Europe get’s raped, every chauvinist knows she might as well try to enjoy it. Martha topped that , of course:

    Das heißt, wenn hier zack auf einmal alle Verzweifelten herkommen, na klar, das wird häßlich erst Mal. Doch es soll ja letztlich dazu dienen, einen Anreiz zu schaffen, das Geld wieder da her zurückzuholen, wo es sich ganz ungerechtfertigt akkumuliert hat und zusätzlich auch dieser Minderheit via Feedback einen Anreiz zu geben, nicht mehr fremde Staaten auszunehmen, bloß weil´s geht.

    We need to get taught a lesson. Should it be final–why not. Am Wesen des edlen Wilden genesen–the regressive crap that unites loonies from left to right, online commenters, quality journalists, bleeding-heart socialists.

    * He’s a self-styled liberal (continental parlance) who emigrated to the US and, iirc, has a black wife. He once spoke at a rally that I helped organise (against the genocide in Darfur)–I’m a bit queasy about that rally now for some reasons–we all had ulterior motives.

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  4. Here’s Hannes Stein* writing in Springer-Verlag’s DIE WELT on “Europa wird schwarz. So what?” He doesn’t spell out open borders but it’s implied.

    […]
    Im Jahr 2100 rechnen die UN mit nur noch 646 Millionen Europäern – gleich gegenüber am anderen Ufer des Mittelmeeres leben dann 4,4 Milliarden Afrikaner.
    […]
    Und natürlich werden – auf krummen wie auf geraden, legalen Wegen – nicht nur edle Menschen einwandern, sondern auch Kriminelle und Fanatiker aller Schattierungen. Nichts davon ist unnormal, nichts davon muss einen denkenden Menschen mit Schrecken erfüllen. In Europa werden künftig eben mehr Leute mit dunkler Haut leben als je zuvor in seiner Geschichte. So what?

    Reminds me of Daniel’s take; “We’ll just have to face [uncontrolled third world immigration] and make the best of it.” Heck, if Europe get’s raped, every chauvinist knows she might as well try to enjoy it. Martha topped that , of course:

    Das heißt, wenn hier zack auf einmal alle Verzweifelten herkommen, na klar, das wird häßlich erst Mal. Doch es soll ja letztlich dazu dienen, einen Anreiz zu schaffen, das Geld wieder da her zurückzuholen, wo es sich ganz ungerechtfertigt akkumuliert hat und zusätzlich auch dieser Minderheit via Feedback einen Anreiz zu geben, nicht mehr fremde Staaten auszunehmen, bloß weil´s geht.

    We need to get taught a lesson. Should it be final–why not. Am Wesen des edlen Wilden genesen–the regressive crap that unites loonies from left to right, online commenters, quality journalists, bleeding-heart socialists.

    * He’s a self-styled liberal (continental parlance) who emigrated to the US and, iirc, has a black wife. He once spoke at a rally that I helped organise (against the genocide in Darfur)–I’m a bit queasy about that rally now for some reasons–we all had ulterior motives.

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  5. Probably because it was nearly midnight when I replied, bleary-eyed, to your post, I didn’t notice that you had already included the link I gave in my comment.

    I find Katrin Göring-Eckhardt appealing, but why, whenever I hear her speak, am I reminded of that old Phil Ochs song, “Love me, love me, I’m a liberal”?

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  6. Probably because it was nearly midnight when I replied, bleary-eyed, to your post, I didn’t notice that you had already included the link I gave in my comment.

    I find Katrin Göring-Eckhardt appealing, but why, whenever I hear her speak, am I reminded of that old Phil Ochs song, “Love me, love me, I’m a liberal”?

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