"Germany's attempt to create a multi-cultural society has failed completely, Chancellor Angela Merkel said at the weekend, calling on the country's immigrants to learn German and adopt Christian values.
Merkel weighed in for the first time in a blistering debate sparked by a central bank board member saying the country was being made "more stupid" by poorly educated and unproductive Muslim migrants."
Merkel also said: "the concept that "we are now living side by side and are happy about it," does not work" and "that immigrants should integrate and adopt Germany's culture and values" and "Those who don't accept [Christian values] don't have a place here."
The article mentions that Germany does not have enough engineers to achieve the maximum growth in its GDP. So they rely partly on immigrants, many of who are Muslims. But that is causing tensions now and many Germans think that, on balance, they are hurting the economy. So they want the immigrants to try harder to integrate into society and learn more about the German language and culture. Immigrants also receive subsidies and some feel that weighs down society.