Multiproblems

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

She said the so-called “multikulti” concept, where people would “live side-by-side” happily, did not work, and immigrants needed to do more to integrate, including learning German. 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.” There has been intense debate about multiculturalism in Germany in recent months. Earlier this week, Horst Seehofer, the leader of the CDU’s Bavarian sister party, the CSU, said it was “obvious that immigrants from different cultures like Turkey and Arab countries, all in all, find it harder” to integrate. “‘Multikulti’ is dead,” Mr Seehofer said. – https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-11559451