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...

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