German multiculturalism has 'failed,' Merkel says

11:30, 18 October 2010

Multiculturalism in Germany has "absolutely failed," German Chancellor Angela Merkel told her party`s youth wing at a conference Saturday, according to CNN.

"The approach of saying, `Well, let`s just go for a multicultural society, let`s coexist and enjoy each other,` this very approach has failed, absolutely failed," she said in a speech.

The remarks echo a comment she made to CNN last month in response to a question from Becky Anderson about Germany`s Muslim population.

"We`ve all understood now that immigrants are a part of our country, (but) they have to speak our language, they have receive an education here," Merkel told CNN`s "Connect the World" program September 27.

Germany`s population is about 5 percent Muslim, the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life estimated last year. Its roughly 4 million Muslims make up the largest Muslim population in western Europe.

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