Or so says the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.
I am not familiar with what compelled her to make that declaration so I'll turn things over to Pat Buchanan at vdare. Perhaps he can explain it better than I can.
Here in Canada we do not hear those kinds of statements at least not from politicians who hold a high office. The occasional journalist or pundit may take a stab at multiculturalism but this is more the exception than the rule. Typically it is routine cheerleading all around.
We Canadians are told that multiculturalism works for us but by what benchmarks are they measuring that success? It they mean that by holding our immigrants to the lowest expectations of civic participation, that they vote and pay taxes, then no wonder they call it a success. It's like failing a test and saying you still passed because at least you tried and that's all that matters. It's also very, very lazy.
We are also told that Canada as a "social experiment" has garnered positive results but it is too soon to say the experiment has concluded and the results are in. The experiment is far from over and the possibility that it may fail is very real. When that happens who is going to clean up the mess? How do we correct the mistake? Who is going to take responsibility for it?
If the experiment fails then the country is lost and ruined. That is the stake we are gambling with and it is too much to risk.
So if the multicultural society has failed for Germany then are we to assume it is because the Germans didn't make it work? Are Germany's immigrants free of blame? Perhaps it is they who didn't make it work and proved that multiculturalism as a social policy is a disaster. After all Germany has a legacy of Nazism it wants to atone for and has spent the past several decades creating a more open and tolerant society for minority groups of all stripes and being more welcoming to immigrants.
My assessment is that Germans are waking up to the realization that multiculturalism means the elimination of a national identity. In order for multiculturalism to work the German cannot exist for if the German existed then specific signifiers can be isolated to help us identify who is and who is not a German. It's the same thing here in Canada where everyone and no one is a Canadian at the same time. It's a paradox the robs Canadians of an identity of their own so that others can retain theirs. In its place Canadians are encouraged to accentuate their ancestry and the nation's immigrant history but at no time can the Canadian exist. The Canadian, or the German, is antithetical to multiculturalism.
So there you have it. You can either have multiculturalism or you can have the Canadian. You cannot have both.