Wagenknecht explained literally: “Most people now realize that we cannot maintain uncontrolled immigration like this. I actually think that it is appropriate to carry out asylum procedures in third countries that are considered safe third countries. Of course in Africa too.”
Only on Monday, Wagenknecht called for strict limits on migration and limits on benefits for asylum seekers. “The Federal Chancellor and the Prime Minister clearly still fail to recognize the seriousness of the situation,” he reported in Berlin. “Just better distributing refugees and financial burdens is not enough. The numbers are very high.”
Regarding federal-state talks, Wagenknecht said: “The message to the world today should have been: Germany is overwhelmed, Germany no longer has room, Germany is no longer ready to be the No. 1 destination.” He pointed to Denmark as an example of “how to take back control”. Smugglers should be given “severe punishment”.
Wagenknecht left the left and recently founded the “Alliance Sahra Wagenknecht – For Reason and Justice”. His position on migration policy was a cause of disagreement with his former party. In Berlin on Monday, ahead of a planned summit meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, the federal states first discussed financing refugee costs and reducing the number of asylum seekers.