3 When will Cameron act? Germany risks post-Nazi laws and calls in Army over migrant crisis
CALLS for Cameron to call in the army to deal with the migrant crisis were bolstered today after Germany brought in troops to deal with the huge wave crossing its borders, in a move which potentially may have broken strict post-Nazi era laws.
A record 79,000 asylum seekers arrived in the European Union's most populous country last month alone, leading to mounting pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel to act.
Troops from the Bundeswehr were deployed to erect tents and sanitary facilities, despite the nation's strict constitutional ban on deploying the military for anything other than defence or national emergencies.
The edict was imposed by Allied forces after the Second World War in 1945.
Mrs Merkel's recent action has prompted criticism from her coalition partners the Social Democratic party (SPD), who have claimed the nation's fundamental laws have been breached.
“We are strictly opposed to changing the basic law of the country for this purpose,” said Rüdiger Erben, deputy leader of the SPD in the central state of Saxony-Anhalt, where troops were called in.
Soldiers were also called upon in the northern state of Brandenburg and the city state of Hamburg.
However defence minister Ursula von der Leyen denied the accusation, adding: "The accommodation and care of refugees is a major task for society. For us in the armed forces it is a matter of course to help wherever we can."
The issue of immigration is often approached with caution by German politicians over fear of worsening the issue of nationalism.
As the country absorbs waves of refugees and economic migrants, pressure has grown on politicians after a sharp rise in attacks on migrant hostels, with 202 incidents recorded this year in comparison to the 198 last year.
Most of the attacks have been blamed on far right anti-immigration militants, but refugees have also been linked to the violence.
Meanwhile there were large and violent brawls between residents of a refugee hotel in Suhl, Thuringia and a tent camp in Dresden at the weekend.
And in Bonn, police shot a 23-year-old asylum seeker from Guinea in the arms and legs as he attacked them with a knife after injuring a fellow immigrant in an argument over milk.
Germany tops the tables when it comes to the numbers claiming asylum in the EU, with twice as many as Hungary and more than three times as many as France or Italy.
There were 258,000 applications for asylum in Germany in the first seven months of this year.
Around 209,000 applications are yet to be processed, including 904,000 from the Balkans, of which many will be rejected, and 40,000 from the Syria, most of which will be accepted.
An official estimate also says German spending on asylum seekers will reach at least €5bn (£3.5bn) this year, up from €2.2bn in 2014.
German troops have rescued more than 6,000 refugees off the coast of Libya in the past three months, while military buildings have been turned into temporary accommodation.
Germany's actions will be seen to back calls by Nigel Farage last week for the British Army to help solves the Calais crisis.
The Ukip leader said: "In all civil emergencies like this we have an army, we have a bit of a TA and we have a very very overburdened police force and border agency.
"If in a crisis to make sure we've actually got the manpower to check lorries coming in to stop people illegally coming to Britain if in those circumstances we can use the army or other forces then why not
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