Yasna wrote:Apparently my point was too subtle. The idea is that Germany essentially carried out an open borders experiment in 2015, when thousands of migrants were crossing into Germany on a daily basis with little to no background checks.
Any you know exactly that this isn't true. Nobody opened a German border in 2015. We've already had an open border with Austria for 20 years, and Austria had one with Hungary for some time, based on European law, and it worked. Things became rough when Hungary decided to fuck us and break the law.
Yes, Merkel offered to take a number of refugees from Hungary (ten thousand, if I remember correctly) after Hungary had compeltely lost control and the train station in Budapast had become a camp. Hungary obviously wasn't able to deal with this, so Germany offered to help Hungary and the refugees. While I never voted for Merkel's party or hoped that she would win in any of the past elections, I support her in this decision. (And in fact, a good number of refugees were already marching towards the border anyway, so realistically the only other option would have been stopping them with violence.)
Helping our so-called friends in Hungary and treating some refugees as humans was not the problem. The problem was that Hungary, instead of being thankful for the help and doing its best to take care of the remaining people, started to betray us and transport all
of the refugees straight to the border, without even attempting to register them and organising things in a controlled manner, which they were legally obliged to do. Germany chose to show solidarity and to contribute our part (and that was exactly what we should have done), but Orban essentially forced us to handle everything alone, which was hard because of the sheer number, and even harder because those who were supposed to organise things at the EU borders let us down. And again, instead of being thankful for us involuntarily solving his whole problem, he even blames us for being his victims.
I wouldn't actually be surprised if the whole thing was well calculated by Orban. He has always had some trouble with the EU because he just doesn't share the values, so when there was a chance to weaken it, he just took it. He's happy to take our money and help and everything, but it's a one-way thing for him.
So fuck Orban and fuck Hungary.