When news broke that people in the village of Clausnitz tried to block refugees from entering and reaching their assigned residence, Germany started talking about Nazis.
After the events that took place in big German cities on New Year’s Eve came to light, one part of the public debate was focused on whether it is politically correct to name the perpetrator’s origin or whether that is racist because it would play into the hands of the ones who have been warning of things like that happening all along?
Wir schaffen das—we can handle it, said chancellor Angela Merkel about the influx of refugees in August 2015. The big question is how. Therefore The German Gist gives an overview of what German politicians suggest should be done now.
In an opinion piece published by the conservative newspaper Die Welt,the academic Roland Kaehlbrandt, who has been working for various foundations explains why it is worthwhile to learn German.
“German is undervalued, especially by its own liguistic community”. He continues to explain why that shouldn’t be the case in his article. The German Gist gives you a condensed translation.
After the Paris terror attacks on November 13th still thousands of refugees coming to Germany every day. But how do the German citizens, media and politicians think about that after the events in France?
While many Germans volunteer to help out refugees, others resort to cursing and slamming refugees online. “Not okay,” says the German government and has asked Facebook to delete such comments. Facebook on the other hand seems reluctant to do so.