Monday, 18 October 2010

"Multi-culturalism Is Dead"

The shock statement from German chancellor Angella Merkel comes at a time when Thilo Sarrazin's book is seen to blame Germany's decline on the 16 million immigrants who failed to "integrate".

Horst Seehofer, of the Bavarian state premier of the Christian Social Union called for a "dominant German culture".  

Merkel appealed to conservatives but troubled concerned cosmopolitan Berliners.

Volker Beck of the opposition Green party called for  "Qualified immigration" to keep up with economic competition.

But what about the 5million Muslim population who have "no productive function other than selling fruit and vegetables" and the turkish workers who helped plug massive labour gaps in post-WW2 Germany?

Such nervous right wing statements should be interpreted as a response to economic instability, in particular concern over the job and housing market and play to certain voters. 

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