Merkelâ��s comments have added fuel to a debate across Europe over immigration and Islam, issues which are particularly dividing her conservative camp.
Speaking to a meeting of young members of her Christian Democrats (CDU), Merkel said allowing people of different cultural backgrounds to live side by side without integrating had not worked in a country that is home to some four million Muslims.
Aguasilver: It has not failed it is alive and well but as always people only see what they want to see and will say that which they wish to say whether it is truth or not, and sometimes just to stir the pot and try to get a rise out of others. This is not Christian though.
What Ms. Merkel fails to mention is that in the 50's and 60's immigrant labour pulled Germany through into post-war recovery. These people were invited to work in the country due to a shortage of labour caused by the fact that thousands of German men of working age were dead after WWII. Describing people who have lived and worked in Germany for 60 years, and contributed to the countries economic recovery as 'guests' is disgusting in my opinion.
(Incidentally the same recruitment of immigrants happened in the Britain in the 50's and 60's. Thousands were recruited from the colonies (particularly the West Indies, India and Pakistan) to fill a labour shortage and help Britain recover after the war, which it duly did. After that they were told in no uncertain terms by some segments of society to 'go home').
Like those West Indian, and Asians in Britain, many of the 'immigrants' and 'foreigners' in Germany are second and third generation and are actually German citizens. So Ms. Merkel is effectively suggesting that these peoples parents or grandparents are 'guests' and don't belong in the country, which seems a strange way to go about encouraging integration. But of course that's not what it's about. This is just politicking. Traditionally when politicians on the right feel support is waning, they lean further right. Ms. Merkel is simply trying to demonstrate her right wing credentials. It's just a shame about how much damage this will do to cultural relations in Germany. But it does serve as a perfect example of how to alienate entire swathes of your own citizenry. Well done Chancellor!
From what I understand the Germans have let the Turks live separate lives because they understood them to be guest workers who will return to Turkey. So why don't the Germans just tell them to leave and go home already?
We have the same problem with illegal aliens, mostly from Latin America but we didn't bring them over as guest workers.
Merkel's comments look like a typical right winger's attempt to get more votes when their popularity starts to slip. Another appeal to the blood instead of rational thought. Another attempt to pander to the lowest common denominator.