Merkel: Multiculturalism in Germany has 'utterly failed'
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that her attempt to create a multicultural society has ‘utterly failed,” leaving some wondering if she’s moving the party to the right in an attempt to keep conservatives from defecting to the AfD.
While speaking at a meeting of young members of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) last Saturday, Markel said that allowing hundreds of thousands of people from different cultural backgrounds to live alongside Germans without properly integrating into the society was a mistake, Reuters reports.
This (multicultural) approach has failed, utterly failed,” Merkel said at a meeting in Potsdam.
As conservative Germans continue to flock from Merkel’s formerly center-right CDU party to the explicitly right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD), Merkel has come under pressure from within her own party to adopt a tougher stance on migrants who are unwilling to integrate.
Merkel’s admission comes just weeks after Germany’s former foreign intelligence service director, Dr. August Hanning, said that she had created a ‘security crisis’ in Germany because of her policies that promote mass migration.
Today, over 4 million Muslims live in Germany, the vast majority of who have not properly integrated into German society.
Last month, Germany’s Federal Employment Agency released figures that revealed that 40 percent of all welfare recipients in the country are foreigners.
During her speech, Merkel said that too little had been required of migrants in the past. She also said that the education of unemployed Germans should take priority over the importation of foreign workers.
However, she did argue that Germany could not survive without bringing in skilled foreign workers – a point that many would take issue with.
But as Merkel attempts to appease the conservative wing of the CDU, her fellow party member and the country’s Labor Minister, Ursula von der Leyen, recently floated the possibility of lowering barriers to entry for skilled foreign workers.
“Wherever it is possible, we must lower the entry hurdles for those who bring the country forward,” von der Leyen said.
Yet Horst Seehofer, the chairmen of the Christian Social Union (CSU), the CDU’s sister party, counter signaled von der Leyen, saying that Germany has no more space for ‘alien cultures’.