The chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, is the latest Western leader to question how well multiculturalism is working in her nation. In fact, in a speech at Potsdam, she pronounced Germany’s attempts to build a post-war multicultural society an utter failure, breaking a long-standing taboo in Germany to address the immigration issue.
“Multikulti, the concept that we are now living side by side and are happy about it. This approach has failed, utterly.”
– Angela Merkel
Ms. Merkel told a meeting of the youth wing of her party at the weekend: “We feel bound to the Christian image of humanity, that is what defines us. Those who do not accept this are in the wrong place here.”
Her remarks came just days following a poll that showed that a third of all Germans viewed immigrants as welfare cheats. Ever mindful of the lingering aftermath of the racist policies of the Nazi regime, post-war German politicians tend only to speak in broad positive terms of their multikulti society, which make the chancellor’s remarks more memorable.
Germany’s first lady echoed a widely held sentiment from across a host of Western democracies when she told her audience that immigrants who choose to live in Germany should adapt and learn German as “quickly as possible.”
Excessive nationalism may be a bad thing, as we saw in the lead-up to the Second World War, but a country devoid of nationalism is a sorry state indeed. Multiculturalism can fragment a nation’s identity to the point that that nation has no identifiable culture to call its own. This is not what most Westerners want for their countries.