Merkel: Multiulturism has failed

The multicultural society has failed, says Germany’s Prime Minister Angela Merkel.

Chancellor Angela Merkel is not happy with integration in Germany. FOTO: ARND WIEGMANN / REUTERS

– If you can not speak German, you can not integration in Germany work, said Merkel when she spoke to a meeting of the youth party of Christian Democrats (CDU).

She sharpens thus the tone of the ongoing German debate about Islam, immigration and integration.

CDU line is that immigrants must be integrated by joining a “German way of life,” writes the news agency DPA.

The party is opposed to so-called multiculturalism, where multiple cultures exist side by side, none of them is more dominant than the other.

Merkel says one must not only help immigrants, but also challenge them, which she believes has not happened sufficiently earlier.

She makes it clear that the German economy needs specialists from abroad.

Her statements came a day after Horst Seehofer, who heads the sister party CSU, declared multiculturalism for death.




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