Friday, October 22, 2010
German Chancellor says multi-culturalism has utterly failed
In a speech to young members of her party, German Kanzlerin (Chancellor) Angela Merkel last weekend broke a taboo: she said multi-culturalism had "utterly failed" ("absolut gescheitert").
Up until now mainstream politicians have largely shied away from "identity politics". No longer. The German chancellor was explicit: "This multicultural approach, saying that we simply live side-by-side and live happily with each other has failed. Utterly failed."
Over the summer, former Bundesbank member Thilo Sarrazin caused a storm of protest with his book Deutschland schafft sich ab: Wie wir unser Land aufs Spiel setzen (Germany Abolishes Itself: how we put our land into the play). His comments about Jews and genetics meant that his views were immediately condemned and he eventually had to resign from the bank.
But the main argument in his book was that Islam did not fit comfortably with Western values. He packed audiences and his book has sold over a million copies. Suddenly Germany was discussing how well its five million Muslims had integrated.
The clear message - and the admission now from the top - is that they haven't.
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