Exclusive Exclusive: Leading State Minister Calls for Stricter Deportation Laws, More Police on Streets

Klaus Bouillon, the head of a group of interior ministers from Germany’s 16 states, demanded the country’s new deportation law be reformed in a Handelsblatt interview. The law as it stands won’t suffice to deport the perpetrators of the New Year’s Eve attacks in Cologne, in which scores of women were targeted, Mr. Bouillon, who is the interior minister of the western German state of Saarland, said. He described the country’s new deportation law, which came into effect earlier this year, as deficient. The process to deport someone from Germany is lengthy and tedious, according to Mr. Bouillon. “And if after months the deportation is actually about to be carried out, then a doctor’s certificate arrives attesting to a lack of fitness to travel,” the minister told Handelsblatt. “The law still offers many loopholes,” he added. Mr. Bouillon also called for putting more well-trained police officers on Germany streets. “We have to ensure that qualified inspectors first and foremost don’t serve in offices or police stations, but take on essential police tasks,” he said. After the massive attacks on women on New Year’s Eve in Cologne and other German cities, it is understandable that people are fearful, he said. “In the first days after such incidents, fear is understandable. And we have to do everything to show that such things will be preventable in the future,” Mr. Bouillon added. The scale of the Cologne attacks surprised him, the minister said. “There has never been a phenomenon such as that in Cologne in my opinion,” Mr. Bouillon noted.   Read more in Monday’s Handelsblatt Global Edition at 12:00 Central European Time.