Asylum debate: Seehofer counters Voßkuhles speech critique

The president of the Federal Constitutional Court should not be a language police, says Interior minister Horst Seehofer. Andreas Voßkuhle had criticized the refugee debate.

Asylum debate: Seehofer counters Voßkuhles speech critique

The CSU Chairman and federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer rejected criticism of constitutional gerichtspräsident Andreas Voßkuhle. The Süddeutsche Zeitung told Seehofer that "President of such a court" should "not be a language police". He referred to an interview Voßkuhles in which he criticised language in German refugee debate.

Seehofer said he had "high respect for Federal Constitutional Court". It has also contributed to stabilising rule of law through wise judgments over decades, but it deems recent criticism of Voßkuhle to be inappropriate. "The hyposes that I would have liked to arouse associations with this rhetoric about Nazi-injustice state, I think is unacceptable," said Seehofer.

Voßkuhle had criticized CSU leaders in refugee debate without mentioning m by name. So he came to talk about term "reign of Wrong", with which Seehofer had attacked in February 2016 Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU). The CSU chief – at that time not yet a federal interior minister – referred to fact that federal government, according to Bavarian state government and Verfassungsrechtlers, who was commissioned by it, would have been obliged to protect German border. In view of hundreds of thousands of refugees who came to Germany in part without or with invalid papers from autumn of 2015, Government had not complied with this obligation, was opinion of CSU and Di Fabios.

Voßkuhle said SZ with reference to term "rule of injustice", he deems such rhetoric unacceptable. "She wants to arouse associations with Nazi-injustice state, which are completely unreasonable." There is obviously "disagreement about legal assessment of government action at beginning of migration crisis." With a "reign of injustice" This would have nothing to do even if Government had acted illegally, judge said.

Voßkuhle also spoke out against term "anti-deportation industry". CSU regional group leader Alexander Dobrindt had used him with reference to asylum lawyers. "Those who claim legal guarantees must not be insulted," said Voßkuhle.

In anor interview, Seehofer, who was instrumental in union's internal asylum dispute, said that he welcomed a restrained choice of words in refugee debate: "We must hold a course, but with a proper language," he told Frankfurter General newspaper.

Updated Date: 27 July 2018, 12:02

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