During the government survey in the Bundestag, Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer emphasized that he was behind the coalition's agreement to accept 1,533 refugees from the Greek islands.

"I won't let anyone blackmail me," he replied to a question from the AfD parliamentary group, which accused him of allowing himself to be put under pressure by refugee aid organizations and the arsonists among the refugees.

He made this proposal because the situation was fundamentally different from that of 2015, he said.

At that time people would have set out unregulated.

Now there is a clear agreement with the Greek government.

"That will go well," said Seehofer.

The Greek Prime Minister had expressly thanked the German government for the nature of the proposal, he said of the AfD's allegation that Greece had not asked for help at all.

"In front of you is a Federal Minister of the Interior who has done more than anyone else to control and limit mitration," he said to the AfD.

Now he is the only one in Europe to give an answer to the humanitarian emergency.

You could afford that because you had previously limited immigration.

"This solution does not overwhelm us," emphasized Seehofer.

This year there will be fewer than 200,000 asylum seekers.

The refugees who were coming now should be integrated quickly, said Seehofer.


Seehofer also rejected criticism from the Greens and the left, for whom the regulation does not go far enough.

"I have 0.0 support from governments with green participation," said Seehofer, referring to Austria, which refuses to accept refugees on the islands.


Opinions very heterogeneous

The grand coalition agreed on Tuesday to accept refugees from the Greek islands.

A total of 408 families, who have already been recognized by the Greek authorities as entitled to protection, are said to benefit from the aid measure following the destruction of the Moria camp on Lesbos by several fires.

Before the session in the Bundestag, Seehofer had already defended the coalition agreement in the Interior Committee.

Opinions on this topic are "very heterogeneous" in Germany, he said on the sidelines of the meeting.

"In a situation like this, you are always well advised to act with a sense of proportion and not with extreme positions," he added.

Seehofer pointed out that in a one-on-one conversation with Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) on Monday, he agreed on a "balanced solution" in a "very, very short time".

In addition to taking in those in need of protection, this also includes help on site.


Seehofer defends the Greek government

The Federal Minister of the Interior also defended the criticized Greek government.

It should not be forgotten that Athens protected the European external borders when Turkey wanted many refugees to come to the EU a few months ago.

"If the Greeks hadn't prevented that, we would have had completely different flows of refugees to Europe," stressed Seehofer.

Regarding calls by the Greens, the Left Party and some SPD politicians to use the willingness of many municipalities to accept more refugees, he said that those who demand this must also look to Italy, Malta, Spain and the Balkans, where there are many more asylum seekers give - and then explain to the German public that "Germany is a place to stay for all these refugees".