Who is the right, real Dortmund?

Who is the right, real Dortmund?

Since then, he has been suspected of wanting to open the party towards the AfD. Now he told t-online.de: "Just like the Saxon CDU state executive, I am behind the position of Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer, who excludes coalitions with the AfD and the left." He also felt bound by the party conference resolution from December 2018, which excludes coalitions and other forms of cooperation with the AfD, he said.

At the same time, with a view to the state election on September 1, he again denied that the question was relevant at all: "From my point of view, this question does not arise at the moment. Now it is our task to convince the citizens of our positions in the election campaign."

Kramp-Karrenbauer clearly distances himself

From the CDU party headquarters in Berlin came a clear rejection of black-and-blue mind games on Thursday. "It applies what the federal party conference decided", said a spokesman for CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. Secretary General Paul Ziemiak became clearer. "For everyone to take note of again: the CDU strictly rejects any coalition or cooperation with the AfD"he wrote on Twitter.


The CDU state chairman of Lower Saxony, Bernd Althusmann, also spoke out in favor of clearly and unequivocally ruling out coalitions with the AfD. "The decision of the CDU federal party congress is clear and excludes such alliances", Althusmann told t-online.de. In Lower Saxony there will be no cooperation with left or right populists, said the CDU politician. 

Criticism also from Saxony-Anhalt itself

A rejection of the move by the CDU politicians came from the Saxony-Anhalt state association itself. There will be no institutional and strategic cooperation with the AfD, according to a decision by the state executive, presented by state chief Holger Stahlknecht.  

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 The Hessian CDU parliamentary group leader Michael Boddenberg told t-online.de: "In terms of content, we do not do anything together with extreme parties. For example, anyone who sees violence, even if it is only violence in words, as a supposedly effective means of political debate, we will not work with him. That’s why we don’t do anything with the AfD and the left. “

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There is talk of integration everywhere. But we are a long way from there. Instead, we need to talk about the people.

There are two words that people like me find hard to take: "integration" and "Migration background". While "integration" means that people fit into a larger whole, is "Migration background" just a finer word for foreigners. It remains a stamp that says: You are different.

Praise with a bitter aftertaste

But I am no different and I cannot fit into a larger whole either, because I’ve long been a part of this larger whole. How can you integrate yourself into yourself? The generally nice praise that I recently received from my audience again, saying that I am well integrated (unlike many others), has a bitter aftertaste.  

Integration only works when new people join. Anyone who, let’s say from Venezuela, moves to Germany first has to fit into the new society. A certain adjustment has to be demanded of them if these immigrants intend to stay here permanently. Such people are aptly described by the term migration background.

Barley, Ziemiak, Mazyek and Casper

Katarina Barleys, Dunja Hayalis, Helene Fischers, Verona Pooths, Vanessa Mandekics alias Vanessa Mais, Marek Cwiertnias alias Mark Forsters, Paul Ziemiaks, Navid Kermanis, Aiman ​​Mazyeks, Benjamin Griffeys alias "Caspers" However, who, according to the prevailing opinion, all have a migration background, either never immigrated themselves or came at such a young age that they were only socialized in Germany.theme statement of to kill a mockingbird You cannot be lumped together with people who have just arrived in this country. 

Such differentiations are certainly annoying, tedious, "pc", but necessary. We cannot avoid it when we talk about German society in the 21st century, especially not if we want to keep it peaceful.

These people are Germany!

Around 20 million people with a so-called migration background already live in Germany. Only half of them are foreigners, the other half are German. And many of the foreigners feel that they are part of this country and have been shaping our society for a long time. People who were born here in the second, third or even fourth generation and / or have citizenship cannot be integrated into Germany. You are Germany!


That sounds like a truism, but in everyday life it often counts little – and not only among AfD fans. They only approach the exclusion of people aggressively and are not ashamed of it. Many beyond the AfD, subconsciously or secretly, see it similarly. Be it the grammar school teacher in the SPD, the manager of the FDP, the nurse in the CDU, the tax advisor with the Left or the warehouse worker with the Greens, who think that I have to understand that on my travels through the republic me at most "Passport Germans" be. 

Toxic mind games

A significant part of the social problems in the country is that a subgroup sees itself as privileged by origin and therefore wants to determine what the larger whole is into which others have to fit. But these toxic mind games, the brutal consequences of which are well known from the past centuries, are ultimately based on the idea of ​​the people as a race.

In addition, such völkisch considerations are boundless. If you apply descent criteria, in Germany and Europe, with its checkered history, in the end everyone has a migration background, because every family immigrated somewhere at some point or has an ancestor who immigrated somewhere at some point.

Who is the right, real Dortmund resident?

If a German citizen who has lived in Dortmund for forty years believes that he has more rights than a German citizen who has lived there for twenty years, then someone else intervenes who has been German for eighty years, possibly even a shrewd one When a genealogist appears who can prove that his family has lived in Dortmund for six hundred years, the question arises: Where then is the line that should mark who is "real, truer" Is German? And who determines it?

The idea of ​​a privilege based only on ancestry or residence is naturally doomed to failure – as long as one moves in a European constitutional state. If one wanted to enforce such absurdities anyway, it would only be possible by force, and then we would be on the way to a dystopia.

Let’s talk about cohesion

One of the central challenges of the coming years will be the conception of the future German We. When it comes to the requirements for integration, the views of ten million Germans with an alleged migration background are of course included. Since this conviction does not seem to be anything but consensus from my point of view, my advice: Forget integration! As long as the term is misunderstood, let’s talk about social cohesion.

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In this way we will offend fewer people who cannot integrate themselves with stupid integration demands, and instead activate more of them to shape our future together. Later we could tackle the real integration tasks together, namely the integration of real immigrants and all those who isolate themselves and see Germany with its free-democratic values ​​as their enemy.

Lamya Kaddor is an Islamic scholar, religious educator and publicist. She is currently leading a research project at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Your new book is called "The thing with the bratwurst. My somewhat different German life" and was published by Piper. You can also follow our columnist on Facebook or Twitter. 


After the federal election, the problem originally consisted of the candidate the party had put up: Albrecht Glaser. His openly expressed hostility to Islam and his statements on religious freedom are intolerable. His choice would have been a scandal. A democratic candidate must be reasonably acceptable. 

No legal entitlement to the vice-office 

Yesterday, with the new candidate Mariana Harder-Kühnel, a woman ran for the third time who, apart from the accusation of being in the AfD, has so far not made any particular reproaches. Still, it failed.

Election for Bundestag vice – AfD politician also loses third election

Election to the Bundestag Vice
AfD politician also loses third election

The AfD MP Mariana Harder-Kühnel also failed in the third attempt to become Vice President of the Bundestag. She received only 199 votes. More

The main argument against their choice is now of a general nature: This will promote normalization of the AfD. A party that often pursues a racist and völkisch policy and belittles the crimes of the Nazi era must not become normal on German soil. 

Furthermore, there does not appear to be any compelling legal reason to choose a person. It may have been good practice so far, but lawyers point out that legal entitlement to office is not necessarily overriding. The rules of procedure of the Bundestag may stipulate that each parliamentary group is represented by at least one vice-president in the presidium. According to the Basic Law, however, the members of the parliament do not form a snatch club, but are "subject only to their conscience" and should act accordingly on such fundamental questions. 

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Apart from that: to elect a representative of a partly anti-democratic party with Björn Höckes, Wolfgang Gedeons, Jens Maiers, Albrecht Glasers in their ranks, who has come under the protection of the constitution, as representative of the heart chamber of democracy, sounds kind of absurd.