From Expatica, with thanks to Anthony:
But employers’ federation president Dieter Hundt and trade union federation chairman Michael Sommer said in a joint statement issued on Sunday it was up to politicians to create the conditions for a society “which offers room for different cultural identities and development opportunities”.
Because that’s all it is, you see: in Germany today there is not enough room for cultural identities and too few development opportunities. Jihad ideology? Pah. This is all the Germans’ fault.
Hundt and Sommer said Germany had to succeed in giving everybody the opportunity of taking part in social, economic, cultural and political life irrespective of their origin and “with respect for cultural variety”.
It was also important that foreigners who had been living in Germany for a long time be given security of residency rather than have to renew short-term residence permits.
Yes, I can see the headlines now: “GERMAN MUSLIMS GRANTED RESIDENT STATUS — RENOUNCE JIHAD AND SHARIA”
But some are more realistic:
Edmund Stoiber, the Bavarian premier who leads the CDU sister party CSU, told Bild am Sonntag newspaper foreigners applying for a German passport should have to swear an oath to the German constitution. All foreign children should be made to attend a German school, he said.
Brandenburg state’s CDU interior minister Joerg Schoenbohm called for “foreigner quotas” in city districts, schools and nurseries. Last week, Schoenbohm said foreigners in Germany should accept Germany’s defining culture, saying “we shouldn’t allow this common ground to be destroyed by foreigners”.
However politicians from the coalition SPD and Greens accused the centre-right of abusing the debate on extremism and terrorism.
“Integration of the foreigners living in Germany has got nothing to do with international extremism and terrorism,” SPD chairman Franz Muenterfering told Die Welt newspaper.
Really, Franz? But I thought you were figuring that if you had given Atta a better job, the “security of residency” and a Muslim holiday, he would have broken up his little jihad cell in Hamburg. Now I am to believe that that cell was not the result of Atta’s self-perceived marginalization in German society. Well, all right. But doesn’t that lead us back to the ideology of jihad, which you persist in ignoring?
“We want integration. We are a country of immigration,” he said.
All right, but does Germany have any identity of its own? Is there any cutoff? Or is Germany just a rooming house for the world?