Thai king can return to Germany without visa, Berlin says
- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand said on Wednesday that King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand can re-enter Germany without a visa. The monarch has spent most of his time here since he took the throne in 2016. It is unclear whether the king plans to return to Bavaria.
- Sevim Dagdelen, a member of the opposition Link party parliament, said that if the king does not need a visa, then the German government will not be able to influence his stay, but as a last resort, he can declare that he is not Welcome people.
- The German government has said it would be unacceptable for the king to conduct politics from Germany.
- Thai protesters complained about the king’s the cost of leaving the Kingdom and cost of staying in Europe. The role of the monarchy in Thai politics has become a central issue for many protesters.
- Protesters marched to the German Embassy to look into whether the king had conducted state business while on German soil.
- It is the policy of the Thai Royal Palace not to comment on the media, and it has never commented on the king’s time in Europe.
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