Chancellor Angela Merkel’s new hardline new Interior Minister, Horst Seehofer, declared that Islam is “NOT part of Germany” in an interview, setting off a political storm two days into her fourth term. Asked by the top-selling Bild daily whether the influx of Muslim migrants and asylum seekers to Europe’s top economy meant that Islam now belonged to the fabric of the nation, Horst Seehofer replied an emphatic “NO!“
ENCA “Islam is not part of Germany. Christianity has shaped Germany including Sunday as a day of rest, church holidays, and rituals such as Easter, Pentecost and Christmas,” he said. “The Muslims who live among us are naturally part of Germany. But that of course does not mean that we, out of a false sense of deference, should sacrifice our traditions and customs.”
What’s more, Horst Seehofer, leader of the Bavarian sister party the CSU, said he is working on a “master plan” to kick rejected immigrants out of Germany at a faster rate under the new coalition government.
24HourOnline Mr Seehofer, a critic of Angela Merkel’s 2015 migrant policy, has vowed to “get tougher” on those who break the law in Germany or are deemed a security threat as he said repatriations and deportations must be “raised significantly.”
“When it comes to protecting the citizens, we need a strong state. I will take care of that. “There has to be a consensus throughout Germany that we will no longer tolerate lawless (Muslim NO GO) zones.”
Mr Seehofer also pledged to introduce a “zero-tolerance” law as he revealed the grand coalition were working on a “master plan for speedier asylum procedures and consistent deportations”. It comes after Mrs Merkel admitted German no-go zones are a “reality” in shocking comments. The German leader confessed there are places in her nation “where people are afraid to go”.
Seehofer said his message to Muslims was: “Live with us, not parallel to or against us.” His Bavaria-only Christian Social Union, which has always taken a harder line on migration than Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union, faces a state election later this year in which the anti-Islam Alternative for Germany party is expected to do well.
It was just 3 years ago that Merkel said ‘Islam belongs to Germany.”