German President Christian Wulff.
(photo credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Turks living in Germany must learn to speak German, German President Christian Wulff said Tuesday.
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Wulff made the comments to Hurriyet newspaper Tuesday as he began a five-day visit to Turkey amid a growing debate in Germany over the integration of millions of foreigners.
"We cannot close our eyes to the fact that immigration to Germany has brought with it a number of problems. The basis for a solution to many of the problems is tied to learning German," said Wulff.
Germany has for decades been home to a large Turkish community. Wulff will meet Turkey's leaders and become the first German president to address Turkey's parliament.
On Saturday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told young members of her Christian Democrats party that Germany's attempt at multiculturalism had failed.
Merkel said that, "This [multicultural] approach has failed, utterly failed," Reuters reported.
The German Chancellor went on to describe how too little had been
required of immigrants in Germany, and that they should learn German so
they can better succeed in school and in the labor market.
Jewish and Hindu representatives issued a statement Tuesday urging Merkel to show more tolerance to immigrants and
not to stigmatize them.
In a statement made in Nevada, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed and Rabbi
Jonathan B. Freirich said that "instead of blaming multiculturalism as a
failure, Merkel and other German leaders should make more efforts to
create a society where all Germans could learn to live together in peace
and mutual trust despite seriously different traditions, beliefs and