It took courage from the local district administrator to publicly express understanding for the protests against new accommodation for asylum seekers after the riots in Grevesmühlen.
He had to expect that his violation of the "welcome culture" would be scourged with accusations of racism.
His criticism of Berlin politics was only a reaction to an irresponsible stress test.
The District Administrator of Northwest Mecklenburg only stated what many of his colleagues have been saying for months: the mass admission of asylum seekers, if it continues like this, is not a sign of the ability to act, but of political misconduct.
So far, however, the calls for limiting the influx in Berlin and in the state capitals have received little attention.
Unequal distribution in the EU
Since 2015, the motto has apparently been that Germany is permanently exposed to such burdens, whether it wants it or not.
In the EU, where the rub is, German politics achieves nothing with this attitude, except that it leaves a self-righteous impression.
In any case, Germany's partners see no reason for efforts to change anything about the unequal distribution of refugees.
But Germany is not exerting any pressure in this direction, on the contrary, its attractiveness is increasing from year to year without being able to increase repatriations at the same time.
The more German politicians ignore these contradictions, the more resentment they will reap.