German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CDU) announced Tuesday that he plans to “come up with clear direction” with regards to the changes to the Gender Identity Disclosure Act, COVID-19, that will be part of an agreement between Germany and Denmark.
Seehofer, who holds the post of Federal Interior Minister for the German Government, said the news conference is “not only a success of the negotiations between the Federal Republic of Germany and the Federal Republic of Denmark, but also the results of a very productive visit between interior ministers to Copenhagen.”
Although Seehofer also spoke about several other legal and immigration-related issues discussed during his visit to Denmark, more than anything, his speeches, which were translated from Danish, made it clear that COVID-19 was the absolute central point.
He had first announced at the beginning of February, on Feb. 5, the joint coalition agreement for German-Danish cooperation in refugee matters. The agreement, which was signed on Feb. 9, remains in force for one year and should allow for German authorities to introduce changes to the Gender Identity Disclosure Act, COVID-19, beginning Dec. 20, 2019.
Seehofer, who is hoping to take over as chancellor from Chancellor Angela Merkel at the party conference next month, has repeatedly argued for tougher measures towards asylum seekers. However, many politicians and migrant rights organizations have expressed concern, arguing that these laws would act as an additional barrier for migrants and could unfairly target women and girls, two groups at risk in Sweden, where laws that give equal priority to biological sexes in various social and legal spheres were recently implemented.
Seehofer said he is now going to “further enter the negotiations with the Danish government, ” adding that “we are eager to move on this point as soon as possible.”
He warned that while German police “feel free” to investigate and interrogate women to check whether they are in fact men who identify as women, “this will not happen here in Germany.” However, he also voiced his hope that Germany and Denmark could reach an agreement on COVID-19 “as quickly as possible.”
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