Migrant gang violence is a daily occurrence in Germany
German Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer demanded stricter controls on asylum seekers after a mob of migrants rampaged through the town of Amberg injuring a dozen people on Saturday.
Seehofer, leader of the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU), the party that is propping up Angela Merkel's fragile coalition government said that in view of the random attacks, the laws on asylum would be tightened and deportation policies would be stramloned, Kronen Zeitung reports.
“The events in Amberg have upset me a lot. These are violent excesses that we can not tolerate,” Seehofer said and added, “If asylum seekers commit violent crimes, they must leave our country. If existing laws are not enough, they need to be changed. To this end, I will make proposals to the coalition.”
The CSU along with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Social Democrats form the grand coalition government, an uncomfortable alliance formed because of Merkel's determination to defy the democratic will and keep the anti-mass migration Alternative for Germany (AfD) out of government. The left - of - centre Social Democrats are traditional adversaries of Merkel's conservative CDU, which means the coalition partners have little common ground on which to build a legislative programme.
According to reports from Germany, the CSU, drifting closer to AfD positions in response to public hostility to merkel's policies, is looking to clamp down on asylum seekers who are frequent delinquents. Seehofer will seek to detain migrants who have been sentenced to probation or suspended sentences in other European Union member states.
“It can not be the case that repeat offenders take on a suspended sentence. This also applies Europe-wide,” an internal CSU paper is reported to have said likely in reference to the Strasbourg terror attacker who had been convicted of crimes in France, Germany, and Switzerland.
Seehofer also commented on the xenophobic truck attack that occurred on New Year’s Eve in Bottrop saying, “It is part of political credibility to pursue both cases with decisiveness and rigour.”
The statements of the German interior minister, who has always been far more critical of mass migration than Chancellor Merkel, bear a striking similarity to a statement issued last year by Austrian Interior Minister Herbert Kickl of the populist Freedom Party (FPÖ).
Mr Kickl also promised following a series of violent incidents in Vienna that included the stabbing of a family by an Afghan migrant.