Angela Merkel met with representatives of the Russian Diaspora on the eve of parliamentary elections in Germany
The Chancellor held a private meeting with the leaders of the Association of Germans from Russia, according to Reuters. About the results of the meeting are not reported, but we know that its stated theme is the integration of Russian Germans in society and their role in relations with Russia, says DW-World.
“In the afternoon, Federal Chancellor has taken in the building of the Federal Chancellery representatives of the Russian Germans. The conversation touched on topical issues of the present time”, – transfers TASS short message of the press service Merkel.
According to Reuters, the German authorities are afraid of Pro-Russian views tremelloni the Russian-speaking Diaspora. It is assumed that on the eve of parliamentary elections in the country, Merkel tried to overcome the “Pro-Russian propaganda.”
Before the meeting the representative of Germany on Affairs of immigrants and national minorities Hartmut Kaushik said that the government plans to offer Russian-speaking Germans financial support, to discuss issues of culture and education and the role of the Russian Germans could play in relations between Berlin and Moscow.
“Where integration has been successful,and where something is missing – these are possible topics of the conversation,” – said the official representative of the government of Germany Steffen Seibert.
Seibert recalled the story of the “girl Lisa” from Berlin, noting that the Russian Diaspora was the “subject of disinformation, which, alas, comes from Russia.” Did you discuss this topic is not the Merkel meeting with representatives of the Fraternities is unknown.
We will remind, in January of 2016, the police received a statement about the disappearance of 13-year-old Russian-speaking girl from Berlin. Russian media reported that Lisa was abducted and raped by migrants. This caused rallies and demonstrations in Germany with the participation of representatives of the Diaspora. Soon, the police found that the girl invented the story of the abduction due to issues in school. German media have accused Moscow of masiulionis public opinion in Germany, and “Lisa” has become synonymous with “Russian propaganda.” The Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and a Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov urged not to look “behind-the-scenes plans” in the actions of Moscow in relation to living in Germany, a young Russian woman and not to exaggerate around the Russian Diaspora.
In September, Germany will hold elections to the Bundestag. Earlier, the Russian Germans have traditionally supported the conservatives in the first place – the party of Merkel’s CDU, paying homage to Helmut Kohl, which was the unification of the country. Now, however, many members of the Diaspora are inclined to the party of European “Alternative for Germany”.