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Extreme Opinions: Right-Wing Attitudes On the Rise in Germany - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International

A new study has revealed that far-right attitudes are deeply rooted in German society. One-third of Germans would send foreigners home if there weren't enough jobs, while one-sixth think Jews have too much influence.

"Germany is in serious danger of being overrun by foreigners." It's a sentence one would expect to find on an election poster for Germany's far-right NPD party. As it happens, it's a view that is held by over one-third of the German population -- a new survey has revealed that 35.6 percent of Germans agree with the statement.

Additionally, more than 30 percent think that "foreigners come to take advantage of the welfare state" and that when jobs are scarce foreigners should be sent "back to their own country." More than one-tenth would like a "Führer" -- the survey deliberately used the German word for "leader" that is associated with Adolf Hitler -- who would govern the country "with a firm hand" for the benefit of all.

by Nomad on Wed Oct 13th, 2010 at 04:09:47 PM EST
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They keep forgetting that foreigners are their citizens now and that they are working and paying taxes to the state...So it's OK for foreigners to come and work and build their country when they are needed and when times are bad they would send them " home"...except that they do not have a home any more other then home in Germany. But who cares...
I am not surprised...I expect this to happen everywhere ...absolutely everywhere...and it's happening ...USA , EU, Australia, Canada...as things are becoming worse...The easier way is " blame it on immigrants". I do understand that EU (and others) is overcrowded with immigrants...but it was your policy guys...and you had to choose back then ...either you'll have large and speedy growth and have to take immigrants ( with all the consequences) or have a slow unimpressive growth and live your traditional lives as it goes. You wanted to lead...now you have it. But it is going to get ugly I am sure...

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Wed Oct 13th, 2010 at 07:26:20 PM EST
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I do understand that EU (and others) is overcrowded with immigrants...
WTF are you talking about?

By laying out pros and cons we risk inducing people to join the debate, and losing control of a process that only we fully understand. - Alan Greenspan
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Oct 13th, 2010 at 07:50:07 PM EST
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No, I mean it.
"Overcrowded" is definitely not right word, so what I meant and that is fact that there are a lot of Africans, Asians and people from other continents that immigrated in EU lately (last few decades). Until recently I would say East Europeans too but they are now EU members. Even they are not welcomed to "immigrate" in western part of EU as we see.
Immigrants obviously were needed at the time but now when things are not rosy quite a few western Europeans would like to "send them home".
I do not know numbers (if anybody knows them) I tried to find it on internet but failed. Numbers may not look like much but still I believe that there was significant immigration to EU at least last decade (or longer).
As for Australia it's unbelievable but Brits that came here consider themselves like only real Australians...everybody else is immigrant for them except Aborigines who are not even mentioned in constitution...

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Thu Oct 14th, 2010 at 08:53:30 AM EST
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the problem that arise when this topic is discussed is that the word "immigrant" is ill defined and so different people mean different things.

To take the example of the UK. white immigrants, such as poles etc who come from within europe are generally accepted the moment they speak english well and their children are instantly unequivocally British. However, coloured immigrants are always immigrants and their offspring are considered to be immigrants down the generations until such time as they are invisibly inter-married with white people.

So, who is an immigrant ? The pole who arrived yesterday, or the 3rd or 4th generation British Asian ? In popular culture it would be the British asian.

People talk about the british and their thousand years of undiluted british bloodline. Except of course that this british bloodline was principally Viking and german/celtic. Then we added a dash of french with the Norman invasion. Then over the years we have had Scottish, Welsh, Irish, Dutch, Flemish, more French, Chinese, then during the war we took in refugees from all over europe (although shamefully few jewish) and then afterwards we have commonwealth Asian and African.

So we have an absolutely undiluted English bloodline (apart from all the immigrants).

the discussion about immigration is utterly flawed until you define who you mean, which invariably means revealing who you're prejudiced against. Yet most people are unwilling to admit to blatant racism, so they talk about their culture being swamped as Enoch Powell did in his notorious "Rivers of blood" speech and which thatcher approvingly alluded to a decade later.

What they never understood was that not everybody shared their prejudice and not all people view immigrants so negatively. In short they underestimated the generosity and humanity of the British people, the very people they venerated for their warlike behaviour when it suited them.

And that's the problem with it. It's a subject shot through with dishonesty and it's difficult to discuss.  

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Oct 14th, 2010 at 09:49:25 AM EST
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I think that's Australia you're thinking of. I'm pretty sure if you look around you'll be able to find a few.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu Oct 14th, 2010 at 02:56:02 AM EST
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and it's happening ...USA , EU, Australia, Canada...as things are becoming worse...The easier way is " blame it on immigrants"

I'm sure the aborigines do

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Oct 14th, 2010 at 09:30:01 AM EST
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More than one-tenth would like a "Führer" ...

I'm available, and will do kids' parties on weekends.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Thu Oct 14th, 2010 at 08:08:38 AM EST
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