Germany considering a year of national service for migrants

This is going to help refugees “integrate” into German society.

Yeah, riiiiight.

From The Guardian: Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party is floating the idea of a new form of compulsory national service in Germany for all young people and migrants.

For over 50 years, all German men were obliged to spend a year in the army after leaving school. Those who could not, or would not, volunteered their time in community service instead.

The scheme was abolished in 2011, but the belief that young people should dedicate a year to national service persists in many conservative circles. Now, the CDU leadership, keen to reunite the party around traditional core values, is revisiting the concept.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer,the CDU general secretary, suggested earlier this month that all young men and women should complete a compulsory “service year”. The plan, if implemented, would also apply to all adult asylum seekers and refugees, she added.

The programme would see some young people join the military or the fire service, or help with disaster relief. The CDU hopes others would choose to volunteer as care workers, thereby helping address chronic staff shortages in care homes and hospices.

The proposal came after Kramp-Karrenbauer – among the favourites to succeed Merkel as the head of the party – conducted a “listening tour” of the CDU grassroots, gathering ideas for a new manifesto to be presented at the forthcoming party conference in December.

“Many CDU members mentioned reintroducing the draft or general compulsory service,” Kramp-Karrenbauer told the Funke Mediengruppe news group on Saturday, adding that she still remained undecided. She also explained the suggestions she had heard often mentioned including migrants, something she thought “worth considering”.

“If refugees complete such a year, which could be voluntary or mandatory, it would help to integrate them into the country and society,” Kramp-Karrenbauer said. “It would also increase the acceptance of refugees among the population.”

Her comments were immediately dismissed as “populist” by the Social Democrats and the proposal has so far found no support from the Greens, the leftwing Die Linke, or the liberal Free Democratic party (FDP). Only the far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) supports reintroducing military service.

Meanwhile, Ursula von der Leyen, the German defence minister, has categorically rejected the idea that military service would return in its previous form – mostly because the army is not equipped to deal with the number of fresh recruits.

The German military, the Bundeswehr, currently gets enough volunteer foot soldiers but is lacking specialised soldiers willing to invest in a long-term career with the armed forces.

Still, the idea of a compulsory “service year” has a long way to go. It is possible it would require a change to Germany’s constitution, which forbids all forms of forced labour.

But for the CDU, the renewed debate has had the desired effect of rallying the party around a common cause. If the idea is adopted as policy, the party hopes it will have a similar effect on the electorate.

“A compulsory service year would “strengthen social cohesion in Germany,” CDU’s minister-president of Saarland, Tobias Hans, told newspaper Bild am Sonntag. German youth get free school education and enjoy high social standards, he added. The nation “should be able to expect young people to give something back to their country” in return.

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Alma
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Alma

Muslim German Territory. There are no longer real Germans born, they have been replaced by the invading Muslims, thanks to Angela Merkel, the East Berliner.

Zigggy
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Have you seen the theory that Merkel is Hitler’s daughter? (using his seed with Eva Braun’s sister, to create the closest thing to what a child of his and Eva’s would have been) Went down that rabbit hole this weekend, lol.

TrailDust
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The leadership of Germany must be insane.

Glenn47
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Hard to believe all this stupid German thinking is coming from the same country that once led the world in German ingenuity.
This last idea should develope a comfortable and safe atmosphere don’t you think?

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I understand just how ridiculous this proposal is for Germany, and your point to this post. However, it might not be the worst idea for the United States to consider using some form of service in exchange for something that the young people graduating high school want. Perhaps in exchange for 12 months of helping with weed control, or fire suppression in the west, the now much more mature 19 year old man or woman could be offered a years free tuition at a state funded college. The student would still be required to pay for books and room and… Read more »

Lophatt
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Mandatory swimming lessons. They need those to make it back to where they came from. Merkel is a commie. She should lead these animals back to Africa.

YouKnowWho
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YouKnowWho

If these ‘migrants’ won’t stand behind germany’s military they can stand in front of them.

Dave
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If I were German, I’d start learning Arabic.

CalGirl
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All this—a “day late and a dollar short.” Germany is a GONER. PERIOD. No remediation through this belated thought…..no coming back.

Steven Broiles
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Wow, that’ll make them go back to Africa! Or, maybe they will laugh themselves to death!

Europe and the whole white race seems hellbent on transforming themselves into lemmings—little lugubrious leery leftist lemmings of DOOM—just ITCHING to jump off the cliff!

But look whom they elect over there: Almost all their leaders and prime ministers have—NO CHILDREN. Apparently, the eugenic aim has taken root….

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Of all the different nationalities our American GI’s came in contact with during WWII it was the common everyday Germans that they liked the most. German civilians were very similar to Americans in values, morals, work ethic, cleanliness, and they were a humble and hard working people. Alas Germany, what happened to you. What happened to America? Liberals have destroyed both countries. But to be fair, conservative God fearing Americans have sat on the sidelines and watched evil take over this country with hardly a protest.

Lophatt
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When I was in Germany they had a sixteen month draft. If a person did not want to join the military they could do other “public service”. I knew some Germans who were “conscientious objectors” that were doing service at a large state hospital (primarily a mental hospital). They lived in dormitories and I would visit some of them from time to time. I cannot imagine this working with the savages. I can’t imagine it working with them in their military either. The reason it worked at all was that they were all Germans and considered themselves as such. They… Read more »