Germany’s ruling party, a globalist and pro-business party, has asked the nation to “immediately” accept more migrants despite the fact that the country is struggling to keep its residents warm in the coming winter.
Germany’s Freie Demokratische Partei (or FDP), has demanded that more migrants be allowed into the country “immediately”. This is to fight labour market shortages.
The party was one of three members of the ruling, predominantly left-wing, “traffic light” coalition. It made the demand despite the fact Germany is currently facing a gas crisis. Some politicians fear that they will be cut off completely from Russia’s supply of gas by mid July.
According to Der Spiegel, Christian Durr, the leader of the party’s parliamentary section, claimed that more German migrants are needed to replace the retiring baby boomer generation.
According to party politicians, “The situation in the country is very dire and we need to seek asylum.”
He said, “It’s about urgently required immigration at all levels of the labour market.” Everyone who can earn a living by doing their own work is welcomed. He pays taxes and contributes to the pension.
Durr claimed that Germany’s economy needs more immigrants, but it’s unclear what the politician’s plans are for Germany to be able look after newcomers given the ongoing gas crisis.
The German nation’s history of dependence on Russian energy exports has led to its current crisis. After Moscow turned down the gas supply to the Federal Republic, the European nation is now in serious financial trouble.
This was already causing serious economic problems for the nation in the coming winter. However, politicians now fear that the Kremlin could cut off all supply by June 11. This would send Germany into a severe recession that could see it lose as much as EUR200 billion ($208 billion) of its economy within six months.
In such an event, Germany would also ration gas away to industry and households as a desperate effort to keep the lights on. This would have severe consequences for the economy at both the national and household levels.
Robert Habeck, economic and climate minister, stated that companies would need to cease production and lay off workers. Supply chains would also collapse. People would be forced to borrow money to pay their heating bills. This would lead to a worse situation.
Even worse, hot water could be rationed in some households. Meanwhile, officials at companies are mulling the possibility that the heating levels in the offices might be reduced to ensure employees stay warm at home.
However, no suggestion has been made to use lockdowns to reduce the gas consumption. This is a strategy that was wargaming by the Irish government to address energy insecurity.