Chancellor Merkel: Multiculturalism has 'utterly failed'

| Sunday, October 17, 2010 | |
by Sean Sinico, Martin Kuebler

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. "The failures of the last 30 or 40 years cannot be resolved so quickly," she said.

The comments followed a similar speech from Horst Seehofer, head of the CDU's Bavarian sister party to the CSU. On Friday he declared his party's stance against multiculturalism: "Multiculturalism is dead," he said, to delegates' applause.

In her speech, Merkel stressed that immigrants must learn to speak German in order to be able to compete on the job market. "Those who want to take part [in our society] must not only obey our laws, they must also master our language," she said.



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