Merkel says German multicultural society has failed

October 17, 2010


16 October 2010 Last updated at 16:51 ET

German Chancellor Angela Merkel: “lmmigrants should learn to speak German”

Attempts to build a multicultural society in Germany have “utterly failed”, Chancellor Angela Merkel says.

Mrs Merkel told a gathering of younger members of her conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party on Saturday that at “the beginning of the 60s our country called the foreign workers to come to Germany and now they live in our country… We kidded ourselves a while, we said: ‘They won’t stay, sometime they will be gone’, but this isn’t reality.

“And of course, the approach [to build] a multicultural [society] and to live side-by-side and to enjoy each other… has failed, utterly failed.”

Mrs Merkel stressed that immigrants living in Germany needed to do more to integrate, including learning to speak German.

“Anyone who does not immediately speak German”, she said, “is not welcome”.

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