Social Democracy’s Mattias Tesfaye is on the recognized journal Politico’s list of 28 political “disrupters” that are likely to have a major influence on Europe in the near future.
Mattias Tesfaye (S) is a political profile that has a major influence on Europe in the coming years. It considers the recognized journal Politico.
The Immigration and Integration Rapporteur is on a list of only 28 names, as Politico Trace will “disrupt” European policy in 2019.
“He is the representative of the center-left party (Social Democracy, Red. ) New hard line of immigration up to a parliamentary election that will be settled by the question,” justifies the article.
The below article is from Politico
The party is busy making up for the more internationalist chapters of its past, advocating tight borders, heavy-handed integration incentives and eye-catching laws that tell Danish voters and the wider world that immigrants should steer clear of the country. The Social Democrats supported confiscating the jewellery of refugees to pay for their asylum, putting immigrants’ children in compulsory child care and banning the niqab. “Denmark is a welfare state,” says the 37-year-old Danish MP. “We’ve succeeded in winning public support for high social distribution. This public support stands on some kind of cultural cohesion, and migration is not good for this social cohesion.”
In 2017, Tesfaye published “Welcome, Mustafa,” a review of 50 years of Social Democrat immigration policy that argues that skepticism toward immigration is part of the left’s history, rehabilitating figures in the party who warned early on that integration could be a problem. Does it help for such policies to be articulated by a man with brown skin and an Ethiopian surname? “So, because of my father’s background I can’t have certain opinions?” Tesfaye asks. “Of course, I’m the child of a refugee … but it’s more important for me that I’ve been a bricklayer. If you ask me what my identity is, it’s more close to that.”
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IN HIS OWN WORDS
One thing you would change about the EU.
I would make it possible for member states to have border control. Not the end of Schengen, but the rules that regulate this should be changed.
One living person you consider a hero.
One living person you consider a villain.
A turning point in your life.
When I had my first child.
A number with a special meaning for you.
Five. It has always been a lucky number for me. It was on the back of my soccer shirt when I was a child.
What is your definition of “European values?”
I try to avoid defining “Danish” or “European” values. It makes no sense to me, since everyone can decide for themselves what they understand about them. What is important to me is to defend and develop the social and democratic values.
Name a person you admire.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He is one of the greatest contemporary European cultural personalities.
If you could reform one thing about the EU, what would it be?
I would make sure that the basic rights of workers are taken into consideration with the same seriousness as the free movement of capital and services.
Tell us something surprising about yourself.
People are always surprised at how boring and ordinary my life is.
What is the biggest loss the EU faces as a result of Brexit?
I fear, above all, that populations in more countries will follow. We forget quickly. My own generation has not experienced war in Europe.
What is the biggest loss the U.K. faces as a result of Brexit?
The U.K. will be fine. It is not the end of the world that they are leaving the EU. Nevertheless, I fear that their economy will become more introverted and that over a number of years it will mean lost prosperity.