Gottfried Curio Bundestag speech on the fire in Moria refugee camp, English subtitles
notes with timestamps:
0:01 This speech took place last Friday (September 11th).
Moria is an official migrant / refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos. It is the largest such camp in Europe.
The camp was largely destroyed by a fire during the night of Tuesday 8th September, leaving 12-13,000 migrants without accomodation.
Conditions in the camp have long been criticised (see 3:45 below).
Quarantine measures due to coronavirus may have been the straw that broke the camels back, leading to arson by the residents.
On Tuesday 15th September (four days after this speech) the German government said they would take in 1,600 migrants (mainly families with children).
Die Linke and The Greens want them to take more (Greens have mentioned 5,000).
1:00 September '15: this was when Merkel opened the borders to circa 1 million migrants.
1:15 Die Linke ("The Left") are a left-wing democratic socialist party.
2:07 family re-unification: if an asylum seeker is granted asylum, they can apply for family members to also be granted the right to come to Germany.
2:33 civil war in Leipzig: this may be a reference to recent left-wing violence in that city (in protest at gentrification and police clearing occupied buildings).
3:03 candidates to be Chancellor: I had to change this around a bit, so that it would make sense.
He literally says "those who want to again take in asylum-claimants can (become) Chancellor. A competition to outdo each other."
Curio is talking about the candidates to become next leader of the CDU (Merkel's party).
Whoever becomes CDU leader will probbaly be the Chancellor (German prime minister) after the next election (September 2021).
Merkel has already stepped down as CDU leader but will remain Chancellor until that election.
Laschet = Armin Laschet, currently minister-president (prime minister) of the state of NRW (Germany's largest state).
Röttgen = Norbert Röttgen
Merz = Friedrich Merz
Söder = Markus Söder, currently minister-president of Bavaria (Germany's second largest state).
Söder is the leader of the Bavarian party the CSU, not the CDU, but those two parties are closely allied, and Söder could also become Chancellor after the next election (with the backing of the CDU).
I'm not sure what the reference to Neuschwanstein (a famous castle) is about (other than Neuschwanstein being in Bavaria). I think Söder may have been criticised for using the castle for events in the past.
3:45 chairs in front of the Reichstag: on Monday 7th September (the day before the fire) activists placed 13,000 empty chairs in front of the Reichstag (parliament buidling) to draw attention to overcrowding in the Moria camp.
3:52 first the chairs, then the pyrotechnics: Curio is saying the protest in Berlin inspired the arsonists in Moria.
He is pointing to where Die Linke sit in the chamber.
Politicians from Die Linke, the SPD (centre-left) and the Greens attended the event.
3:58 concerted action: literally concerted, ie. "acting in concert". I could have used "coordinated" action but I think that word is stronger and more explicit than the word Curio used (konzertierte).
4:30 the heckle is from Matthias Birkwald (Die Linke)
4:38 this is Claudia Roth (Greens) one of the Bundestag vice-presidents
4:56 Bartsch = Dietmar Bartsch (Die Linke)
date of this speech 11.09.20
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