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Den tyske forbundskansleren Angela Merkels tale om tøffere krav om integrering ble møtt med jubel av regjeringspartiet CDU (konservative). – Innvandrere må gjøre mer for å integrere seg i det tyske samfunnet, inkludert å lære seg språket og adlyde hver eneste lov, sa Merkel, som også tok opp problemet med no-gosoner: – Hvis det er noen hjørner i en by hvor politiet har følelsen av at de ikke er velkomne lenger, må det møtes av en offentlig protest. Statens maktmonopol må være gyldig overalt, ellers vil det bli slutten på vårt demokrati:

Talen kommer i kjølvannet av debatten om Thilo Sarrazins bestselger Tyskland avskaffer seg selv. I utgangspunktet fordømte Merkel og størsteparten av Tysklands politiske establishment Sarrazin, men hans synspunkter har stor støtte i publikum og hos mange på høyrefløyen i Merkels eget parti:

«Anyone who wants to live here in our country has to obey our laws, want to learn our language and accept the rules of our society and every single article of our constitution,» Merkel told a cheering CDU party meeting in the western town of Mainz.

«That means everything from equal rights for women and everything else — that’s our motto and there’s no tolerance for anything else,» said Merkel, whose centre-right coalition has fallen about 15 points behind the opposition in opinion polls.

There are about four million Muslims living in Germany. The vast majority are of Turkish origin and an estimated 280,000 have an Arab background.

Some are well integrated into German society, but others live in communities where Muslim traditions prevail and very little German is spoken.

In the midst of the Sarrazin debate, opinion polls showed that a substantial number of Germans would support a new party that took a tougher line on immigration — a warning to Merkel that she must broaden her appeal to conservatives disillusioned by her shift to the left.

Anti-immigrant parties are on the rise across Europe, throwing mainstream centre-right parties that have shied away from tough rhetoric on immigration onto the defensive.

«There will be demands made on those who don’t want to be helped,» Merkel said, calling integration a «vital task for the future.»

«If there is any corner of a city where police have the feeling they aren’t welcome anymore, there must be a public outcry,» Merkel said. «The state monopoly of power must be valid everywhere. Otherwise, it would be the end of our democracy.»

Swissinfo: Merkel takes tough line on integration to party cheers

Via Snaphanen