People might know Bavaria as a federal state known for the famous Lederhosen and Dirndl, the Oktoberfest and a lot of car factories, but it is also the most conservative region in Germany. The state has been governed by the same party, the CSU (Christian-social Union) since 1954. A member of this party once said that the CSU is so conservative, a party more conservative than the CSU would be a party that doesn’t want democracy. This sentence has been proven right multiple times, ever since it was made famous in the 80s, and it is happening again right now.
The CSU is doing everything it can to make Germany take in less asylum seekers. They demanded that the government establish a limit of 200,000 refugees who can enter the nation every year. The question whether that would actually be legal in Germany, as the right to asylum is a basic right and cannot be taken away, has yet to be answered. Furthermore the CSU wants to strengthen border control. Bavaria is the state that most refugees arrive in first, so the police forces were overwhelmed last year.
The party put forward a proposal for an Immigration act that would favor people from “Western-Christian cultural environments”. One member claimed that this bill would not discriminate against Muslims, but that is extremely paradoxical. The general secretary also made a comment about how the worst thing for Germany is a “soccer playing, altar boy from Senegal”, because being a Christian and playing a German sport, he would never be deported. Ironically, such a person actually lived in Bavaria and has now decided to move to another state. Xenophobic and Islamophobic comments are sadly not an unusual thing anymore.
Although this has caused some controversy, the CSU is not losing popularity. And while the rest of Germany has problems with the increasing number of followers of the AfD, a Right-wing populist party, Bavaria is dealing with their governing party shifting away from the political center more and more.
by Annemarie d. W.