We´ve had worse before. Remember how Kohl got into office?
That said, I would also have preferred to see the new law having passed without all that fuzz.
But the constitution is a little unspecific (well, it doesn´t say anything
) on how to resolve conflicting votes from a state. Especially when looking at the only precedent from 1949, Wowereit´s decision to ask the prime minister for a definitive vote seems at least a possible
way of dealing with it. So I´d expect the decision to stand.
There´s yet another turn of events, by the way: The Saarland´s prime minister Müller has publicly confirmed that the ensuing outrage from the ranks of the CDU/CSU was indeed staged
. This move does
make it increasingly difficult, politically, for the CDU/CSU´s chancellor candidate to challenge the law before the constitutional court...
It looks a lot as if many local conservative politicians loathe to get instrumentalized by Stoiber and the pinheads in his federal election campaign team. He gambled high - and fell flat on his face - again!
Difficult to explain how they couldn´t agree to the law although practically all of their requests had already been incorporated and all important groups in society urging them to agree. No explanation left other than trying to capitalize on the presumed xenophobia of the voters. Which might be a mistake, outside of Bavaria. But that might be too difficult to recognize when looking out from Munich...
It´s about time Germany recognized that immigration (like emigration
, by the way!) is a normal fact of life even here. I´m quite certain that racism isn´t really the big problem; It´s more the fact that many people still don´t take the necessity of allowing some immigration seriously. And that means regulating the numbers
and having an idea of how to integrate
the immigrants. (Granting asylum to persecuted refugees is still necessary, but is a separate matter.)
The new law is an improvement on many aspects of the question, so without tactical
intentions playing into it, there´s hardly a reason to be against it.