Merkel says Muslim youth violence is a national problem

In interview with German paper, chancellor blames lack of education in migrant community, says responsibility lies with parents.

September 5, 2010 12:04
German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Merkel worried 311. (photo credit: Associated Press)

Statistics show that Muslim youths in Germany are more likely to commit violent acts than the rest of the country's population, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in an interview with a German newspaper on Sunday.

Deutsche Welle reported that the chancellor referred to the issue in light of the controversy surrounding Bundeskbank board member Thilo Sarrazin, who faces dismissal from his position following "racist" comments he made earlier this week.

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The chancellor pointed out that the pertinent issue was education, saying that often the violence committed by young people is the result of a lack of hope in their futures.

She added that while the state was taking strides to improve this situation, the main responsibility still lies with the parents.

Merkel also acknowleged that an increase of migrant citizens in positions of authority such as the police could help alleviate the problem.

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