Conflict instead of Solutions – Post-Summit Shambles
GMF Berlin Office Director Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff joined Maybritt Illner’s German political talk show to discuss “Conflict instead of Solutions –post-Summit Shambles” (in German: Streit statt Lösungen – Scherbenhaufen nach dem Gipfel). The discourse centered on the aftermath of the recent G20 summit in Hamburg and the role Europeans need to play going forward, addressing in particular the lack of European coherence on a path forward regarding the latest waves of refugees arriving in Italy. Given that Europe will contend with the refugees crisis for many years to come, Kleine-Brockhoff asserts that the humanitarian objective must be connected to reality and include “boundaries and limits.” Policymakers can implement a variety of humanitarian and deterrent measures to manage the situation.
National elections in Germany will take place on September 24 and internal and external security will be significant topics going forward.
The roundtable included Hubertus Heil, secretary general of the Social Democratic Party (SPD); Katja Kipping, party chairwoman of the Left (Die Linke); Albrecht von Lucke, publicist and political scientist; and Stephan Mayer, spokesman for Internal Affairs of the CSU parliamentary group in the German Bundestag.