Is Multi-Kulti Dead?
Angela Merkel’s claim that “multi-kulti” has failed set off a wave of critical reactions from the foreign press. But many of her critics abroad failed to set her quote in context. Far from disavowing the idea of a diverse Germany, Merkel was actually criticizing Germany’s integration track record.
Angela Merkel is said to be the most powerful woman on earth. But even by these standards, the global media tsunami that followed her remarks about the failure of multiculturalism in Germany must have caught her by surprise. Her words were dissected in every corner of the world, and here is how it read: The Australian found that Merkel had “rejected the idea of cultural pluralism.” Columnist Esther J. Cepeda of the Washington Post Writers Group understood that Merkel called “the very idea” of immigrants living “happily side by side” with native-born Germans “an illusion.” While Russia’s RT TV asked, “Is diversity dead?” The Miami Herald translated her remark to mean, “Muhammad, go home.” And, adding some historical gravitas, the paper concluded, “We should all be alive to the grim historical resonance of a German chancellor declaring the idea of disparate cultures living peaceably side by side a failure. What, after all, is the alternative? Shall Germany officially declare itself a nation with room enough for one culture only? For the record, that’s been tried already. And it didn’t work so well, either.”
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