Merkel says German multicultural society has failed

What the hell? Did Europe just wake up this week from some kind of multi-decade bender of Multicultural-Leftist drunkenness and notice the mess? First Holland throws out the charges against Geert and now this….

From BBC News:

Attempts to build a multicultural society in Germany have “utterly failed”, Chancellor Angela Merkel says.

In a speech in Potsdam, she said the so-called “multikulti” concept – where people would “live side-by-side” happily – did not work.

Mrs Merkel’s comments come amid recent outpourings of strong anti-immigrant feeling from mainstream politicians.

A recent survey showed that more than 30% of Germans believed Germany was “overrun by foreigners”.

The study – by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation think-tank – also showed that roughly the same number thought that some 16 million of Germany’s immigrants or people with foreign origins had come to the country for the social benefits.

Foreign workers

Mrs Merkel told a gathering of younger members of her conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party on Saturday that at “the beginning of the 60s our country called the foreign workers to come to Germany and now they live in our country… We kidded ourselves a while, we said: ‘They won’t stay, sometime they will be gone’, but this isn’t reality.

“And of course, the approach [to build] a multicultural [society] and to live side-by-side and to enjoy each other… has failed, utterly failed.”

In her speech, the chancellor specifically referred to recent comments by German President Christian Wulff who said that Islam was “part of Germany” like Christianity and Judaism.

Muslims read Koran in Hamburg, file pic Mrs Merkel says Islam is part of Germany but more must be done on integration

While acknowledging that this was the case, Mrs Merkel stressed that immigrants living in Germany needed to do more to integrate, including learning to speak German.

“Anyone who does not immediately speak German”, she said, “is not welcome”.

By speaking now, Mrs Merkel has now joined the increasingly hot debate on multiculturalism, coming down on the side of those who are uneasy about immigration, says the BBC’s correspondent in Berlin, Stephen Evans.

Her comments come a week after she held talks with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in which the two leaders pledged to do more to improve the often poor integration record of Germany’s estimated 2.5 million-strong Turkish community.

Earlier this week, Horst Seehofer, the leader of the CDU’s Bavarian sister party, CSU, said about integration that it was “obvious that immigrants from different cultures like Turkey and Arab countries, all in all, find it harder”.

“‘Multikulti’ is dead,” Mr Seehofer said.

In August, Thilo Sarrazin, a senior official at Germany’s central bank, said that “no immigrant group other than Muslims is so strongly connected with claims on the welfare state and crime”. Mr Sarrazin has since resigned.

Such recent strong anti-immigrant feelings from mainstream politicians come amid an anger in Germany about high unemployment, even if the economy is growing faster than those of its rivals, our correspondent says.

He adds that there also seems to be a new strident tone in the country, perhaps leading to less reticence about no-go-areas of the past.

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12 Replies to “Merkel says German multicultural society has failed”

  1. I’ve watched this strange game of musical chairs unfold over the last year or so, with the Americans going socialist while the Europeans drift toward Ronald Reagan. Now the Canadians are getting snubbed by the Americans for being too right wing and too pro-Israel. I don’t have anything intelligent to say about all this, but I do find it interesting, if not a bit amusing. Old Barry just couldn’t be more out of it if he tried, and when the Americans finally do come out of their trance and remember that they are Americans, he is going to find himself hurtling through space without any oxygen. Interesting times; anything is possible at this point.

  2. Economically the Muslims have failed in the UK. They have failed to integrate as well. Though they have integrated well with Culteral Marxist who want to destroy the UK, however. The Jews and Sikhs are the richest religious groups with the Muslim so far at the bottom there is no way up. What is it with these muslim people and economic failure? I think with Muslims there is always going to be a failure of some kind going on. Failure to integrate, failure to detonate the bomb, failure in the anger management course, failure to speak intelligently, failure not to inbreed with ones cousins, failure to reconvert me back to Islam etc. You won’t catch me hanging out with these losers. Where is Rabbi Cohen? I am supposed to be going round to his house for lunch with Jashpal Singh. Oh he is at the door now! Bye!

  3. Bad economic times causes people to resent anyone who is not trying to fit into the base society, I have been expecting this move for a long time. France is close to stating the same thing, with several other European nations following, the sore points are Britain and the Scandinavian nations. They are lagging behind for some reason.
    The Us on the other hand is going through a fight to see if we are going to allow the socialist left to further ruin the nation, I don’t think we are. Part of our frustration is that we were raised during the TV generations, when all problems could be solved in 2 hours, less commercials. Real life takes longer, often a lot longer.

  4. I recently read a quote from a Muslim woman who stated “We submit only to God, no one else”. This helps explain why Muslims don’t integrate well, if at all. This statement implies that immigrants will not ‘submit’ to their new location by adapting to the new environment.

  5. Joe I am certain that women stated this because she believed it. Muslim women in the UK are 75% not working. This means they are dependent. This means they are going to follow whatever is said to them by the person they depend on. Say he is Muslim male, as it the most likely case. He may or may not be employed. 50% of all muslim males in the UK are unemployed . So this muslim male is again a dependent or at least half of them are. Now with this dependent mentality of not standing on your own two feet, how is it possible for this women to say anything else. What they need is to learn off a hard core Jewish man and a hard Kaur Sikh women in order to start off on a mountaneering trip to the Alps. Try something different muslim woman. You might like it. Maybe someone out there should give you the knowledge to do so.” Oh no I only do what Allah tells me.”

  6. Of course Multicultuarlism has failed. It really was never expected to succeed. It was bullshit designed to camouflage anti Euro Christianism.

  7. Multiculturalism only works when defending the economic and social rights of immigrants from discriminatory practices. It fails when these policies treat every immigrant culture as equal within the main culture.

    This leads inevitably to racism, isolationism and the failure or refusal of people to integrate into the host society.

    When people actively refuse to assimilate their beliefs into that of the majority culture, that can be considered as defiance of the social norms. When Muslims push for sharia law, it can be seen as defying the very fabric of common law that upholds society.

    Germans are now beginning to realize that 35 years of mass immigration are not doing the country any good.

    And who is at the forefront of refusing to integrate or assimilate to western European (German) values?

    You guessed it: Muslims.

    They see themselves as Muslim first, part of their tribal.familial group second and dead last, citizens of whatever country they may happen to live in.

    This explains in part why the western world is a fertile ground for terrorist recruiting, since the host cultures of the west are too lenient and readily accept as citizens people who would undermine their values and ethics.

    Islam’s leaders are using this to further weaken the fabric of western civilization.

    We should only accept those immigrants who recant their beliefs and wish to fully integrate into our way of life.

  8. Liberals and respectable conservatives agree there is this RACE problem. They say this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries.

    The Netherlands and Belgium are more crowded than Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.

    Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites.

    What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?

    How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?

    And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to it?

    But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

  9. How does an education system thrive if the students dont all speak the same language? Multiculturalism will continually fail until everyone understands the sacrifices. That includes a willingness by immigrants to learn the language used in the country they move to.

  10. RRWest,

    In fact it pays not to assimilate and integrate. You get pandered to and given grant money and special preferences and priveleges.

    That is what multiculturalism is. In fact I was wrong, and so was Merkel. Multiculturalism has been a rousing success. It’s just that a balkanized society with a weakened Euro Christian culture and nation isnt very desireable…..unless of course you are trying to destroy Euro Christian civilization.

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