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PHOTO: Their Majesties the King and Queen greet well-wishers in front of the Grand Palace in Bangkok after presiding over a ceremony to change the Emerald Buddha statue’s winter costume at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha on November 1,

The Bundestag, Germany’s federal parliament, has announced that Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn could be expelled from Germany if he continues to conduct national business whilst staying in his Bavarian villa, a popular overseas stay for the Thai monarch. HM the King’s long stays in Europe have come under scrutiny and criticism during the current spate of pro-democracy protests.

The German Parliament says that Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn enjoys diplomatic immunity during his extended stays in his Bavarian hotel, but that the state does have the power to expel him from the country.

“The German state has very little power to prosecute the Thai king, despite recent threats by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.”

The FM has previously warned the Thai King against ruling his country from Germany. He spoke out in the German parliament in October.

“We have made clear that the policies that affect the country Thailand are not to be carried out from German soil.”

The Thai King spends months at a time in a villa by Lake Starnberg, just south of Munich, and in spring he frequently stays in a luxury hotel in the ski resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Deutche Welle reports that HM the King returned to Thailand during October to attend a number of ceremonies and audiences, but Germany’s Left Party is calling on the German government to ban the monarch from re-entering Germany. Left party parliamentarians Sevim Dagdelen and Heike Hänsel claimed the Thai monarch was “conspiring with the military junta”.

“… should not be rewarded with a visa for luxury extended stays in Germany,”

Earlier this month the German Foreign Ministry claimed it had found “no evidence” that HM the King was issuing decrees from Bavaria. Opposition politicians in Germany said they found this situation “unlikely”, considering the length of the HMss stays in the German state.

Margarete Brause of the German Green Party says in a statement… “The question of what the government was doing to counter such unlawful actions remains unanswered.”

On November 1, during a public audience following a ceremony, HM King Vajiralongkorn described Thailand as “the land of compromise” as thousands of people chanted “Long live the King” in front of the Royal Grand Palace. He was responding to a question posed from the crowd by a British Channel 4 journalist.

SOURCE: Deutsche Welle

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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, November 23, 2020 at 2:06 pm

    Does he have diplomatic immunity from covid?
    If not he should have a 14 day quarantine in a German hotel if he returned to Germany.
    There should be not special treatment for Thais. King of rice planter.
    Thailand subjects foreigners to this, they should experience a bit of reciprocity.

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      Ynwaps

      Monday, November 23, 2020 at 9:10 pm

      He’s been in Germany for ages. His quarantine should be done unless he has to enter the country again after every Zoom meeting.

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    Fabian

    Monday, November 23, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    It’s obvious that if the king he stays in Germany for so long he conducts business there.
    It’s obvious the king allows a grotesque violation of human rights at the same time in his own country.

    Germany has only one tool and that is to kick him out. Well… use that tool Germany.

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    Khunplastic

    Monday, November 23, 2020 at 2:55 pm

    Curious if he and his enterage went into quarantine on there recent rerurn?

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    Roger Bruce

    Monday, November 23, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    Yes This King thinks he is a GOD …..no laws apply to him in any way
    Last year during the covid crisis he was away with 20 concubines ( Royal prostitutes)
    He is an embarrassment to Thailand and the world
    Yes he is with the Junta 100% over military rule in Thailand
    If Germany can stop him from entering their country then 10/10 to them
    He needs to be taken down this military-ruled Puppet

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    Shane

    Monday, November 23, 2020 at 9:03 pm

    Oversees stay? A Freudian slip?

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    Alan

    Monday, November 23, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    Certainly gives credence to the Thai youth protests for reform. Here is the evidence for a disregard of international protocol in the democratic West.

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    Ynwaps

    Monday, November 23, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    Digital Nomads in Thailand have been warned.

    “We have made clear that the work benefiting companies under the US-Regime are not to be carried out from Thai soil.”

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    Graham Smith

    Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 12:11 am

    Ask him to leave and be a King together with his people in Thailand

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    Suua

    Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 7:17 am

    Compared to other royal institutions around the Globe…..
    Being British, and I know for a fact that Queen Elizabeth does not walk around in public wearing a bikini, nor does she live in a foreign country for 99% of the year.
    How many other heads of state around the world would represent their countries like this?
    Bizarre behaviour, which begs the question as to the mental wellbeing of such individuals.

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    Khunplastic

    Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    Can not imagine her dressing up one of her corgis in full military regalia and sitting down to dinner with a foreign dignatry or anybody else for that matter.
    Think somebody might be licensed too fly a large public transport type aircraft.
    a few things need to be looked into seriously here.

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    7.62mm of darwin

    Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    Is she keeping him from falling down or just on course

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UPDATE: Khaosod English removed a story on Covid-19 tests for those seeking visa extensions and replaced it with the article “Immigration backtracks on plan to require Covid-19 test for visa extensions.” They say the previous report sparked uproar among expats and immigration police spokesperson has since apologised for the misunderstanding.

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Immigration Police Bureau spokesperson Archayon Kraithong told Khaosod English that proof of a negative Covid-19 test will be required for visa extensions, regardless of how long a foreigner has stayed in Thailand. On the other hand, Phuket immigration deputy chief Nareuwat Putthawiro told The Phuket News that Covid-19 tests will not be required for visa extensions or work permit applications.

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