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Source: CDU CSU

Mister President! Ladies and gentlemen! You will not be completely surprised if, after three years in office, after three quarters of this term of office have passed, I draw a positive balance for the Federal Minister of the Interior,

(Dr. Marco Buschmann [FDP]: Boring! Surprise us! – Britta Haßelmann [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: That surprises us!)

especially for the fields of migration and internal security. I want to fix this on very specific points.

Skilled labor immigration law – the keyword has not even been mentioned here today –

(Konstantin Kuhle [FDP]: Yes, rightly!)

We have discussed an immigration law for years. We have one now.

(Laughter from the FDP)

This government has passed an immigration law, an immigration law that is targeted at the immigration of skilled workers. Some people criticize that and say that it’s kind of narrow-minded here and there.

The example of IT specialists shows very clearly that it is very pragmatic. We don’t even ask for any kind of educational qualification, but simply three years of professional experience and a monthly salary of at least 4100 euros. If the conditions are met, you can immigrate to Germany as an IT specialist.

(Konstantin Kuhle [FDP]: If you get an appointment!)

Next key word: the orderly return law. The minister has just pointed out that over 60 percent of those who come to us do not end up having any residence status at all, have no protective rights, and that makes it necessary to carry out repatriations. There was a lot of trouble there. With this law, we have made a significant contribution to improving the situation so that returns can take place more effectively now and in the future.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

We reformed and reworked the Citizenship Act. Terrorist fighters who are traveling abroad and who have a second citizenship will soon be able to – and that’s right – withdraw their German passport.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

President Dr. German politican:

Mr Middelberg, would you allow an interim question from the AfD?

Dr. Mathias Middelberg (CDU / CSU):

No, I will not allow it at this point, Mr President.

(Dr. Irene Mihalic [ALLIANCE 90 / THE GREENS]: But elsewhere?)

President Dr. German politican:

Do you want to allow them?

Dr. Mathias Middelberg (CDU / CSU):

No, I do not allow them.

President Dr. German politican:


Dr. Mathias Middelberg (CDU / CSU):

Issue of crime or criminal offenses. We have the best record in 29 years. The level of criminal offenses in Germany has fallen so far, and it continues to decline, especially in the last few years that we reached the status of 29 years ago. I think that’s a remarkable achievement.

And – as colleague Hartmann has just pointed out – we have systematically built up staff, especially at the security authorities: a total of 16,500 positions in the Federal Ministry of the Interior, around 7,500 positions at the federal security authorities, especially at the BKA and also with the Office for the Protection of the Constitution. I think this is a very special achievement for this Federal Minister of the Interior.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU – Dr. Irene Mihalic [ALLIANCE 90 / THE GREENS]: These are aerial exercises!)

Subject gun law. We have also tightened gun law. There will soon be a regular query, and above all it will ensure that extremists will not come into possession of weapons in the future.

But I am also telling you in all honesty – that has not been mentioned so far – that we have now talked a lot about extremism and the problems it causes. But if we’re honest, we can’t just solve this with “more staff”. That alone is not enough, we also have to talk specifically about competencies. The police and our security authorities, including the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, must then also have the means to uncover terrorist or extremist networks. And even if we have such networks with the police – for example the most recent cases in North Rhine-Westphalia or now elsewhere – then, as you have heard, it is about chats in WhatsApp groups. So far we’ve somehow discovered them by chance.

If we are honest, then when discussing the law for the Federal Constitutional Protection we also have to take a clear position on the question: We need a source TKÜ, and we also need the online search, otherwise we will not make efficient progress on these topics.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU – Dr. Marco Buschmann [FDP]: What does the SPD say about this nonsense?)

If you are allowed to listen to a phone when there are suspicions, follow the entire contents of a conversation, if you can check SMS traffic, then I ask myself: How stupid are we that we don’t keep up with the technology, adapt to the technology instead of now to say: “Of course we also want to be able to access WhatsApp traffic”? So.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

Last point. I will make this clear to you using a much more drastic example: child pornography. We are all angry, and rightly so; we are deeply outraged. It’s about the weakest in our society. However, we cannot manage to speak honestly about the subject of data retention in this context.

(Konstantin Kuhle [FDP]: Then do it!)

– That is the decisive key, Mr Kuhle.

(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU – shouts from the FDP)

– Yes, but you are against it; You can’t get it sorted. You don’t get it.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU – contradiction from the FDP)

I’ll tell you very clearly: you have to access these internet connections,

(Dr. Marco Buschmann [FDP]: You have to be careful that the Office for the Protection of the Constitution isn’t watching you soon!)

otherwise you will not be able to clear up the network of child pornography criminals. You’re preventing that. I’ll tell you that very clearly.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU – shouts from the FDP)

At this point it becomes very clear who is serious about protecting children. If you want to overturn child pornography networks, you need the minimum storage periods, you need access to the exchange of these people on the Internet.

President Dr. German politican:

Mr Middelberg, your speaking time has expired. The speaking time is up.


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