Germany: AfD teams up with CDU and Free Voters to cut €3.5 million in handouts to migrants in Saxony

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By Dénes Albert
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Although the Christian Democrats (CDU) party has steadfastly denied it will ever form a coalition with the Alternative for Germany (AfD), there are signs that, at least in the east of the country, the CDU is more than willing to work with the party on a range of issues, especially immigration.

In Saxony, where the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) is consistently polling over 30 percent, the party is finding willing partners on the issue with the Christian Democrats (CDU) and the Free Voters, with the three parties joining together in the district of Central Saxony to stop additional expenditures for asylum seekers.

The move has angered the district administrator for the area, Dirk Neubauer, an independent supported by left-wing parties, who reacted with outrage after the right cut funding to migrants and blocked the additional €3.5 million he had requested.

The reason behind the proposed expenditure is due to growing immigration into Saxony. The Central Saxony district indicated that the district was receiving more migrants than expected while the length of each person staying has also been prolonged.

In the wake of the vote, Neubauer, who has the support of the Left Party, the Greens and the SPD, reportedly shouted at representatives of the AfD, CDU and Free Voters faction:

“All those who voted against this bill should be aware that they voted against the constitution,” he stated. Neubauer said he now plans to file a disciplinary complaint against their vote.

Rolf Weigand, deputy leader of the AfD parliamentary group, expressed his pleasure in how the vote went, saying it was “a clear signal in the direction of Berlin” that the district council had not decided on “further expenditure for this asylum chaos.”

Weigand, who is also a member of Saxony’s state parliament, said he hopes that other county councils follow the example they have set in Central Saxony.

As Remix News has reported, the ability of states and municipalities to continue funding the immigration wave hitting Germany has become a deep source of frustration and a massive financial burden. The federal government already estimates the country will spend €36 billion, but in Saxony, the €3.5 million requested was not even budgeted and was seen as an additional expenditure. If all of these “additional expenditures” are added up across Germany, it could come out to hundreds of millions of euros not even included in the €36 billion figure — or perhaps even billions.

Perhaps the most pressing topic at the moment is mass immigration, with two-thirds of the German public saying that the country needs to accept fewer migrants, according to the latest polling.

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