Angela Merkel’s Germany does not want Bashir and his wife to go, due to the fact that both were western educated in the UK and are secular. Maher al Assad, the younger brother, has been thrown to the wolves by the EU and is the fall guy for the abuses by the Syrian Fourth Army.
The Syrian Social Nationalist Party, which operates in Syria and Lebanon, is modeled on a German party from 1933 and would like to see the Zionists wiped off the map.
Sunni Homs, the third largest city in Syria, has been shelled by tanks. Damascus is quiet.