The lawsuit is as old as it is justified: Germany lacks both skilled workers and integration.
Another warning is also justified: The refugee crisis of 2015 should not be repeated.
What is meant is: uncontrolled influx, excessive demands, disregard of existing rules.
One million war refugees from Ukraine alone are currently in Germany – ten times more than in France.
Many others come from other parts of the world.
Net immigration is at its highest level since reunification.
The situation in the municipalities is tense.
In addition, hundreds of thousands of migrants in Germany are required to leave the country, but are not deported.
Tens of thousands are in lengthy asylum procedures.
And what is the traffic light coalition planning now?
Obstacles to naturalization are to be removed, the deadlines for acquiring German citizenship are to be shortened;
the possibilities of having multiple citizenships are to be expanded.
The coalition emphasizes the "huge" need for skilled workers and the supposedly urgent need for a "modern" citizenship law.
"Those who live and work here permanently," said Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz, "should also be able to vote and be elected, they should be part of our country."
That's how it is now.
There can be no question of anyone who lives and works here permanently being prevented from becoming a German.
However, there are indeed amazing hurdles that Western foreigners face as well.
But the fact that it's a choice, that you can't have everything, is also part of choosing to become a citizen of a country.
Anyone who has never really felt at home here, who – which is their right – sends every penny to their country of origin, who has never arrived here in any other respect, also didn’t really want to become German.
Neither should he.
It is to be feared that the traffic lights, if their plans are realized, will hardly achieve any of their goals and will add fuel to the fire.
But what exactly are the goals?
If only there was an idea.
An idea of this country.
Why we need good people.
What should become of Germany.
Why there are good reasons in this country for something - what?
– to engage.
It is about, as the SPD chairwoman puts it in an exemplary manner, "to shake off the conservative mustiness from this country".
Immigration law, because that's what it's really about, is seen as an ideological playground.
It's as if the Bundeswehr were transformed into a woke quota force with a 30-hour week and a sabbatical right at the very moment when the enemy was at the door.
Luckily, the FDP woke up, even if only a year after the coalition agreement was signed.
She now insists on a “total package”.
The overall weather situation must actually be taken into account.
It would be politically fatal to set another incentive to come to Germany, whatever the cost.
According to the current message, citizenship will not be long in coming.
So far, however, there has not been a serious word from the government and traffic lights on mass immigration to Germany, which contradicts the spirit of European and German law and reveals the asylum and immigration system (which can hardly be separated from one another) as a fair-weather house.
Efforts to increase the declining proportion of German nationals are obviously much greater than the urgently needed efforts to find a national and European solution to curbing migration and to really speed up procedures.
Those who are not well integrated may be deported and those who are not integrated at all may be naturalized.
The real problems
Especially since the real integration problems are not solved by issuing a German passport.
Neither racism in German society nor in migrant circles depends on the passport, which is not written on anyone's face.
However, nationwide naturalization creates facts.
Being German is one of them.
He shouldn't pose a threat, feel no conflicts of loyalty and shouldn't bring foreign conflicts into the country.
It is not so much the current traffic light politicians who have to pay for the wrong immigration policy and ducking away from the real problems, but rather the students, teachers, social workers and police officers.
We cannot make up for some old mistakes with new ones – especially not by making fundamental decisions that cannot be reversed.