The German government’s actions in relation to migration reveal the need for a major change in direction, renowned writer and physician, Uwe Tellkamp, told Süddeutsche Zeitung in a damning interview in which he lamented Germany’s rapidly demographic picture due to migration.
Tellkamp, who originates from Dresden, and lived under communist rule in the former East Germany, claimed he is always accused of not being qualified to make any judgments on the subject of immigration because there are few “foreigners” in the capital of Saxony, but he insists he travels a lot and knows the conditions in other cities.
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“I don’t want to be like Frankfurt, I don’t want to see the situation in Frankfurt,” he told the publication.
The writer, who is preparing to release his new book, “The Slumber of the Clocks,” insisted he is not a hater of foreigners or xenophobic, a view he stands by “with all his might,” but simply affirms that “while respecting other cultures, I would still like to keep my own.”
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Tellkamp also observed how the Greens supposedly tried to impose their world view on society, “and they can do that because many media play their game,” he claimed.
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With regard to the AfD, other parties often say, “We democrats do not agree on coalitions with anti-democrats.” He said he questioned who determines who is included in this list of democratic parties and who is not, insisting that the “bashing” of the AfD triggers a reflex in him to defend the party, even if he doesn’t share many of its views.
FDP thinks like the AfD, but is afraid to act
Tellkamp said that in truth, the liberal, pro-business Free Democratic Party (FDP), has the same opinion about identity politics as the AfD, but they fear what will happen if they stand by it.
“The FDP acted as if there was a fundamental opposition to the Merkel world, and that the FDP served as that opposition, while the AfD was something very extreme, completely different. That’s not true,” he argued.
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Pegida supporters, which was largely a movement based on opposition to mass immigration, have also been repeatedly denigrated, Tellkamp told the publication. During Pegida demonstrations, he says he saw “the middle of society” and not idiots, “but portraying these people as extreme fringe, as Nazis or whatever, that’s what upsets people,” Tellkamp added.
Tellkamp has been outspoken on the issue of immigration in the past, saying in 2018 before the Leipzig Book Fair, “Most [refugees] are not trying to escape war and prosecution but come [to Germany] to migrate into the social support system, more than 95 percent.”
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Mainstream news reports have confirmed Tellkamp’s opinion on genuine refugees versus social benefit migrants to be mostly true. Even those refugees who are legitimately fleeing war often bypass safe countries like Turkey, Greece, Italy, and Spain in order to head to Germany and gain access to more generous social benefits.
In March 2018, he also signed the “Joint Statement 2018,” which declared: “We observe the damage done to Germany by illegal mass immigration with growing discontent. We declare our solidarity with those who are peacefully rallying for the restoration of the constitutional order at the borders of our country.”
Tellkamp rose to prominence with his novel, “The Tower,” which won a variety of prizes in Germany. He is also an essayist and commentator who has written for many of Germany’s top publications.