Germany’s Christian Democrats Union has lost one of its senior conservative members over Chancellor Angel Merkel’s “open door” refugee policy.
73-year-old CDU human rights spokeswoman and MP Erika Steinbach told newspaper Welt Am Sonntag (German source) on Saturday that she has parted ways with the CDU.
Steinbach accused the German government of encouraging illegal immigration into Germany and claimed tolerance of illegal immigration was guided by “political will.”
“At the Federal Office for Migration, thousands of thousands of passports have been identified as counterfeit, without the legal consequences for the respective migrants being drawn. There is a political will behind it.”
In February 2016 Steinbach was criticized for a “xenophobic” picture she posted on Twitter that depicted the displacement of ethnic German people in Germany by foreigners from poorer countries. The image contained text that read “Germany 2030. Where are you from?” and depicted a small white child surrounded by people of much darker complexion leaning towards her.
— Erika Steinbach (@SteinbachErika) February 27, 2016
Steinbach joined the CDU in 1974. Previously she had studied violin but abandoned her career in music. In 2000 Steinbach was elected president of the German Federation of Expellees, a non-profit organization representing the interests of Germans who fled their homes in central and eastern Europe after the Second World War.
Recently a TNS Emnid survey found that 44 per cent of its respondents believe migrants from Islamic countries have a negative impact on Germany’s security. Chancellor Merkel has come under heavy scrutiny for her migrant policies which have caused terrorist attacks, crime and murders in her country.