Maas emphasized this when answering members of the Bundestag (German parliament) from the Green Party, where King Maha Vajiralongkon is experiencing turmoil in his country.
“We have stressed that politics involving Thailand cannot be called on German soil,” Maas said in a parliamentary hearing on Wednesday (7/10/2020).
The Foreign Minister stated that he compared that if a guest rules in his country, they will try to prevent it.
Maas’ response comes after thousands of people rallied in recent months calling for monarchy reform.
Reported Reuters Thursday (8/10/2020), the masses intend to limit the power of the King of Thailand, urging Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-O-Cha to resign, reform the constitution and new elections.
Green Party politician Frithjof Schmidt then asked Maas about this rally which was done at the hotel where King Vajiralongkon was staying.
In addition, Frithjof also discussed whether Berlin was ready to open space for discussion with the European Union regarding the freeze on trade agreements.
In Frithjof’s view, the freeze was needed as long as the junta that controls the “White Elephant State” still hinders democracy.
The European Union reportedly cut ties with Bangkok in 2014, following a coup that brought Prayuth to power in 2014.
After that, they only restored relations five years later after Prayuth returned to secure his position in the elections.
Maas then replied that freezing the negotiations was an “option.” However, he said it would be nice if they notified Thailand first.
Neither the palace nor PM Prayuth’s government gave any response to the statement issued by Foreign Minister Maas.
King Vajiralongkon succeeded his father, Raja Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died in 2016. However, he spent more time in Germany.
Protesters have complained about the costs to the state because the king lives abroad, and is absent at his own home.