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Merkel echoes Seehofer, says multiculturalism has failed

In a speech to supporters, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday that multiculturalism in Germany has not met with success. She stressed that immigrants must learn to speak German and integrate into German society. Attempts to build a multicultural society in Germany have “utterly failed,” according to Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“This approach has failed, utterly failed,” said Merkel, head of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), in a speech to the party’s young people’s association in Potsdam on Saturday. She added that not enough was done in the past to support the movement. “The failures of the last 30 or 40 years cannot be resolved so quickly,” she said.

The comments followed a similar speech from Christian Social Union (CSU) chief Horst Seehofer, sister party to the CDU, who on Friday evening declared his party’s stance against multiculturalism. “Multiculturalism is dead,” he said, to great applause.

Deutsche Welle,  October 2010

See also AFP, 16 October 2010

And “Turkish president concerned over growing anti-Muslim mood in Germany”, IRNA, 16 October 2010

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