From: Riz Khan

Multiculturalism in Europe

Are native Europeans largely incapable of living side-by-side with immigrants?

Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, recently warned that multiculturalism was failing in her country.

A recent study by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, a German think-tank, also found that anti-foreigner attitudes are surging in Germany.


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Other parts of Europe are also seeing a backlash against immigrants with many centre-right and far-right parties, who advocate against multiculturalism, gaining in power and influence.

Many blame these organisations for fanning the flames of xenophobia across Europe, but others say that immigrants – who fail to embrace the values and traditions of their adopted countries – are also part of the problem.

On Monday’s show we will be discussing these issues with Cem Özdemir, the current chairman of the German Green Party and a former member of the German and European Parliaments. We will also have with us the University of Leipzig’s Johannes Kiess, who helped write the report on right-wing extremism in Germany for the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.

This episode of Riz Khan aired from Monday, October 25, 2010.