Did Multiculturalism fail in EU?

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by Aleksandra Dukovska

Integration of Muslim community in the society is not only the issue of the USA and Barack Obama’s administration.

Some of the European Union member countries have the same issue to deal with it. A recent poll shows that unreasonable fear from Muslim population on European ground is not only the myth.

In light of Angela Merkel’s statement that multiculturalism in Germany has “utterly failed,” interesting to note that in a recent poll, 58% of Germans believe Muslims should face restrictions in practicing their religion and 55% says Arabs are “unpleasant people, CNN reporter and anchor Hala Gorani wrote on her FB page.

“The debate over foreigners in Germany has shifted since former central banker Thilo Sarrazin published a book accusing Muslim immigrants of lowering the intelligence of German Society”, Sarah Marsh wrote in the article “Merkel says German multiculturalism has failed”.

Merkel has tried to speak both on integration and that Germans must accept that mosques have become part of their landscape. What is the possible reason for giving the statement of multiculturalism fail?

The idea of multiculturalism especially in the European Union countries that still define the nation as nationality could be deeply discordant.

The interesting aspect of German chancellor statement of failure of multiculturalism is that she chosen to become “the most aggressive major European leader to speak out against multiculturalism”, commented STRATFOR in their analysis on Germany and the failure of Multiculturalism.

According to STRATFOR anlysis, “all of Europe, indeed, much of the world, is coping with the struggle between cultures within their borders”.

Another example of this struggule we can saw in other European Union member countries.

In Britain, they are facing the same opposition to the Muslim population from individuals or far-right groups.

In the Observer article, Mark Townsend described The English Defense League as a far-right group who wants to combat the “Islamification” of British cities.

According to Townsend, EDL “has made contact with anti-jihad groups within the Tea Party organization and has invited a senior US rabbi and Tea Party activist to London this month.

“The league has also developed links with Pamela Geller, who was influential in the protests against plans to build an Islamic cultural centre near Ground Zero”, wrote Townsend in the Observer.

United Kingdom home secretary Theresa May recently banded marches of EDL in the city of Leicester, which has a significant Muslim population.

Last month at the Foreign Office reception to mark the Muslim festival of Eid, May send this message: “I think it’s important that we, as a new Government, start treating the Muslim community as a mature and fundamental part of our society, and stop talking to Muslims only about counter-terrorism”.

May said the review of the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy aimed “to achieve a better balance between public safety and civil liberties, something the last government got badly wrong”.

Do you think that European politicians will succeed to find the right answer for the integration of Muslim population in their countries? In fact, did multiculturalism fail in EU?