Making Amends On Asylum

Germany's Social Democrats give in to a compromise on political refugees

"HISTORY TEACHES US: TODAY, IT'S AGAINST FOReigners; tomorrow, it's against the handicapped; and the day after, it's against those who think differently." Thus spoke Bjorn Engholm, leader of Germany's Social Democrats, at a special party congress in Bonn on right-wing violence. After months of painful argument over its long-standing defense of Germany's liberal immigration policy, the opposition SPD heeded Engholm's call and voted to move the party's position for political asylum closer to that of the ruling center- right coalition. The decision to push for a constitutional amendment to stem the influx of foreigners is based on the belief that reducing...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!