Elon Musk, the billionaire CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, attacked Germany’s center-left governing coalition for supporting migrants on Friday and boosted a call for the German people to support a far-right extremist party instead.
Earlier this month, Germany’s foreign ministry announced it was dispersing funds to two nonprofit organizations that assist asylum-seekers, including a group that conducts search-and-rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea. Already this year, more than 2,500 people have died or gone missing while trying to cross the sea, compared to fewer than 1,700 in all of 2022, the head of the UN refugee agency said on Friday.
News of the funding spurred a protest from Italy’s far-right Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, who — in a letter to her German counterpart, Olaf Sholz — wrote that she had “learned with astonishment” that Berlin would be assisting groups “engaged in the reception of irregular migrants on Italian territory and in rescues in the Mediterranean Sea,” the German public broadcaster DW reported.
Musk, on Friday, amplified similar criticism and directly waded into German domestic politics, suggesting that the governing coalition should pay a price at the ballot box. [Continue reading…]