Alexander Dobrindt of the Christian Social Union (CSU) is facing criticism from many within the Bundestag after referring to an “aggressive anti-deportation industry” in Germany and criticizing legal professionals representing asylum seekers. Florian Gathmann, national correspondent for Spiegel Online, joins us to explain the current divide within Germany’s ruling parties and how the country is addressing issues around migrants.
Gathmann says Dobrindt’s purpose with his comment was, “provocation and polarization,” and the politician’s remarks are now deepening a divide between the Bavarian CSU party and its larger sister party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). Gathmann says CSU politicians, “have always held a more conservative position” than the CDU and have used much of their platform, “criticizing the way Mrs. Merkel acted within the whole refugee crisis.”
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