When even the Germans are giving up on the concept, everyone else needs to sit up and pay attention. From the Associated Press:
Germany’s attempt to create a multi-cultural society has failed completely, Chancellor Angela Merkel said at the weekend, calling on the country’s immigrants to learn German and adopt Christian values.
Merkel weighed in for the first time in a blistering debate sparked by a central bank board member saying the country was being made “more stupid” by poorly educated and unproductive Muslim migrants.
“Multikulti”, the concept that “we are now living side by side and are happy about it,” does not work, Merkel told a meeting of younger members of her conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party at Potsdam near Berlin.
“This approach has failed, totally,” she said, adding that immigrants should integrate and adopt Germany’s culture and values.
“We feel tied to Christian values. Those who don’t accept them don’t have a place here,” said the chancellor.
“Subsidizing immigrants” isn’t sufficient, Germany has the right to “make demands” on them, she added, such as mastering the language of Goethe and abandoning practices such as forced marriages.
The “Christian values” thing is sure to rankle some people, but Merkel is talking about cultural norms that stem from religion, not religious conversion; the above reference to forced marriages is one example. One thing I think Americans don’t always appreciate about our immigration patterns, versus Europe’s, is that our Hispanic immigrants by and large share with us a common faith, and everything that goes along with that.
All that said, wouldn’t it be nice if the governments in the countries from which they emigrate spoke like the Turkish official quoted in the same AP article?
Turkish President Abdullah Gul, in a weekend interview, also urged the Turkish community living in Germany to master the language of their adopted country.
“When one doesn’t speak the language of the country in which one lives that doesn’t serve anyone, neither the person concerned, the country, nor the society,” the Turkish president told the Suedeutsche Zeitung.
“That is why I tell them at every opportunity that they should learn German, and speak it fluently and without an accent. That should start at nurseries.”
* And yes, I know “boot” in German means “boat,” not a type of shoe. Call it poetic headline license.