Germany are considering banning US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump from entering the country, following in the footsteps of the UK who are going to debate a ban in the Houses of Parliament later this month.
Dieter Janecek of the Green Party says that Trump’s latest tweets in which he blamed migrants from the Middle East for the attacks in Cologne on New Year’s Eve is fuelling hatred against minorities and refugees, and could constitute a criminal offence of inciting hatred.
Janecek told the online version of Spiegel magazine that Trump’s “rants of hate against minorities and refugees could constitute the criminal offence of incitement of hatred,” citing the mogul’s recent tweets on the series of sexual assaults in Cologne on New Year’s Eve.
In separate tweets, Trump said that Germany was a “total mess” because of its hospitable approach toward refugees from the war-torn Syria.
Germany is going through massive attacks to its people by the migrants allowed to enter the country. New Years Eve was a disaster. THINK!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2016
A petition to ban Trump from entering Germany had already collected 35,000 signatures by the time the Spiegel article appeared online, though it was uncertain whether the votes had been cast by individual German citizens.
Other German lawmakers, however, including some from Janecek’s own party, who told Spiegel Online they opposed an entry ban as it would only strengthen Trump’s position when he should instead be ignored.