Immigration issues are in debate in Germany as well when a leading politician, Horst Seehofer from the CSU which is the Bavarian sister party of the Christian Democrats said in an interview that immigrants from other cultural backgrounds such as those belonging Arab nations and Turkey find it difficult to integrate with the local German culture. So, he concluded that the nation needs more immigrants from other cultural backgrounds.
In response to these comments, an apology has been demanded by the Turkish Community Chairman in Germany. As per the Chairman, these comments are slanderous and are not accepted.
Amidst all this, politicians throughout the spectrum have shown their disapproval over the comments made by Seehofer. According to Maria Böhmer, Commission for Integration for the Christian Democratic Party, she was very shocked over these comments. At the same time, Seehofer’s own party members along with parliamentary liaison at the Interior Ministry have charged him of intending to talk about the problems regarding the state and integration.
Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, the Justice Minister and the Bavarian Free Democrat has termed these remarks as a simplified populist debate which has been brought about purposely. More so, the opposition parties such as the centre-left Social Democrats and the environmentalist Greens have alleged the leader of indulging in far-right populism.
However, this has become a debate where in the members of the Christian Social Union were seen to be defending Seehofer. He was termed as being absolutely right by the CSU’s Parliamentary Group Head. As per him, more people from the European nations should be brought in to work in Germany as they are able to easily integrate into the German culture.