After Jens Spahn, other CDU politicians now express doubts about the UN migration pact.(Photo: picture alliance / dpa)
Tuesday, 06. November 2018
Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn had already expressed itself accordingly and also in the Union is allegedly increasingly resisting the migration pact of the UN. Several MEPs report concrete doubts.
According to a media report, opposition to the planned UN migration pact is growing in the Union faction. The CDU interior politician Marian Wendt told the newspaper "Die Welt" that although "an internationally coordinated approach to global migration is a core German interest". Nevertheless, he and some colleagues in a group meeting "against the signing of the current version of the Global Migration Pact pronounce.
The framework document raises too many questions, even if it is not legally binding, said Wendt. "The lack of distinction between forced and labor migration is another disadvantage of the pact."
At the weekend, Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn had already distanced himself from the UN migration pact. "The debate on the migration pact is still pending in the parliamentary group," said the candidate for the CDU party chairmanship of "Welt am Sonntag". Chancellor Angela Merkel, on the other hand, has backed the proposed agreement.
Cancellations of the USA and Hungary
Following the US and Hungary, last week Austria announced that it would not sign the UN migration pact. This provoked an intense debate in Germany over the agreement.
The UN's first "Global Pact for Safe, Orderly and Regulated Migration" will be formally adopted at a conference in Marrakech in mid-December. It contains a number of guidelines and measures, the implementation of which is legally binding. It is about better international cooperation in migration policy and standards in dealing with refugees.