http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101017/ap_ … ntegration
"BERLIN – Chancellor Angela Merkel's declaration that Germany's attempts to build a multicultural society had "utterly failed" is feeding a growing debate over how to deal with the millions of foreigners who call the country home."
"Germany and other European countries have grappled with the idea of themselves as immigration nations and Merkel has long been skeptical of the country's attempts to build a multicultural society that includes its estimated 5 million Muslims."
She has a point. Some may consider her comment too harsh but people need to assimilate if they are not in their own country of birth. I mean, people move to places where there may be job opportunities and there comes a time when one has to learn the language of that country to fit in.
Unless you are in an English-speaking country, it can be tough. Aside from that, if she is saying that the influx of uneducated/low educated outsiders are increasing the already ailing economic situation then I can understand unless her statement is directed to large population of Muslims trying to impose their religious beliefs which is in conflict with Germany following Christian values.
Multiculturism was the brain child of Tony Blair(LOL) he thought integrating all the new Eastern European countries and the people who would migrate to the "wealthier " countries would be a good idea to help with taxes and fill low paid jobs. Merkel has my respect for daring to raise this issue. In England we cannot go on letting people in to our country without putting quotas into place. I suspect that Germany is still suffering (financially) from the unification and the strain of non German speaking people is putting a huge strain on welfare, schooling and medical care. The EEC needs to address these concerns sooner or later, in the mean time economies will continue to suffer.
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