Lawyers file suit against Merkel

by Samantha Woodhill25 Jan 2016
A group of German lawyers have filed a lawsuit against the Merkel government’s immigration policy in the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe.

The suit accuses Angela Merkel of making decisions contrary to German law, the most serious of which they claim is the opening up of German borders for refugees.

“The German Chancellor has no right to overstep the boundaries of the law in the framework of her policy and exceed the powers that she has received from the voters through parliament,” author of the lawsuit and Dusseldorf's attorney Clemens Antweiler said.

They claim that Merkel’s open-door refugee policy, which has been heavily criticised, prevents the application of the provisions of the Dublin agreement (the EU law determining the country responsible for processing asylum seeker applications under the Geneva Convention) and according to Antweiler, is then contrary to the country’s constitution.

Antweiler claims that there are other decisions Merkel has made contrary to German and EU legislations, calling into question the Chancellor’s response to the euro crisis and her decision to abandon nuclear energy, Sputnik News reported.

More than 1.2m migrants reportedly entered the EU in 2015, in what the European Commission says is the biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War.


  • by Stephen 26/01/2016 3:38:02 a.m.

    I love travelling through Germany & plan on visiting with my family show them what a beautiful country is. This action by fellow members of the legal fraternity saddens me.