The announcement prompted renewed debate, and criticism from some quarters, over the notion that immigrants must assimilate to a set of shared “dominant” cultural values.
Germany has taken in more migrants and asylum seekers – around 1.2 million since 2015 – than any other European Union member-state.
Complaining that countries like Germany are “shouldering the greatest burden of the consequences of flight and migration in Europe,” German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier during a visit to Rome this week called for a greater sharing of the load among E.U. partners.
In an earlier op-ed in the Bild newspaper, de Maizière put forward ten points representing his personal view of a “leading culture” (Leitkultur) – characterizing Germany as a multicultural, accepting nation but one that also retains its sense of identity.
“We shake hands, show our faces, and tell people what our names are,” he wrote. “We don’t ‘do’ the burqa,” he added, in reference to apparel designed to conceal a woman’s head and body, favored by many Muslims.Read more at CNSNews