We already know what Walter thinks, that the Greek people suck and the government are in effect unruly children who dont have the first damn clue what they are doing.
BTW: If the Greeks walk away from all of this debt I have no sympathy for the Europeans, they did not do due diligence when they let Greece in, and they have been willing to play massive games of make believe once the evidence was clear what the situation was. Trying to live a fantasy should always carry pain to discourage the practice. Not dealing with problems should always cause the problems to get worse to discourage the practice.
Also, we got all kinds of stories of certain doom when Iceland walked away from debt. But they are doing fine. I am sure that the greeks took notice.
Tobias says he has caught refugees trying to steal from his garage more than once. "This is a small town; we're not used to such things and people are scared."
Waiting on the platform because trains have once again been cancelled as a result of the border controls, many Freilassing citizens would agree. But very few dare say so openly. Like Tobias, most citizens of the small town fear being labeled supporters of the far-right scene.
Dressed skater-style, their hair tousled, a group of teenagers is hanging out on the square in front of the train station. "It's rare that anyone speaks their opinion, because then they're immediately labeled right-wing or a Nazi," says Lukas.
With his hoodie, baggy jeans and skateboard, he certainly doesn't look like a neo-Nazi. But all the same, he says he's really had it. "But it's not only Germany that's overextending," he says. "Something has to happen fast, or Europe will self-destruct."
Reforming the asylum system would incur higher costs for Germany and require greater efforts to be made to integrate new arrivals. But the resources are there. In the first half of 2015, the German state earned more than €21 billion ($24 billion) more than it spent. The difficulties in processing refugees experienced these days by authorities in places like Munich, Dortmund and elsewhere are not so much symptomatic of any bottom-line inability to help but more the result of the federal interior minister's mismanagement. This spring, Thomas de Maizière formulated Berlin's asylum policy on the basis of obviously inaccurate figures.
The alternative to reforming the asylum law is to do away with it. The German government could admit that it's nice in theory, but that Berlin is unable or unwilling to actually implement it under the current difficult circumstances. This would amount to a betrayal of all the values Germany claims to hold dear. But it would be more honest than the current system of organized hypocrisy
There are clearly no simple solutions, but criticism of the EU's incoherent response to the refugee crisis is mounting, and Europe's leaders know it.
Two EU meetings next week will be crucial, if that trend is to be reversed. But they'll take place amid serious disagreements between EU member states.
Governments in central Europe are issuing strong criticism of each other - for failing to protect their borders, or for passing the buck. And several of them blame Germany for encouraging so many migrants to travel in the first place.
Germany, in turn, has warned again that any country showing a lack of solidarity on this issue cannot count - over time - on receiving money from the rest of the EU.
If this becomes not just a difference of opinion, but a clash of values, then Europe could be in real trouble
"It's very polarizing," a born and bred Dresdner, who asks to be named simply as Herzog, told DW, adding that people had become accustomed to adjusting their comments to avoid confrontations. "Within half a minute of conversation, you know who you're talking to and how you should express yourself if you want to be able to continue talking."
In addition to the PEDGIA rallies, he pointed out that there are "Refugees welcome" signs are all over his neighborhood.
"There are many facets of Dresden," he said. "I can only ask that you take a look around and try to understand your opponents and try to talk to many different people. Try not to shut them out."
Make no mistake. NOTHING is more important than making sure that free speech is preserved. Without it we cant function.
but the waves of immigrants reaching Europe over the past few decades, and particularly now, bring even greater cultural challenges for assimilation than the inter European movements of the past..
Quote:Make no mistake. NOTHING is more important than making sure that free speech is preserved. Without it we cant function.
Even if it adds fuel to the fire of xenophobia? Yes! America is a land of immigrants, don't forget We are also a land based upon laws, and people willingly following them most of the time. Germany has a falling birthrate and a rising demographic. Look at the positives. Diluting the German genetic stock with people whos gene contributers have accomplished little over the last half millennia or so is a questionable "positive" And be aware enough to avoid the negatives. It depends on mental attitude, humanity, and co-operation. You can sing "we are the world" with your friends and neighbors three times a day if you like, but human nature is not going to change just because you want it to, just because you demand it. And mental hygiene must be left to the individual, completely, not doing it is the definition of tyranny.
Are there any modern assimilation success stories in Europe? I dont know of any, and for sure not in Germany, they who claim that they can now successfully process a half million people a year who dont share hardly any of their values or lifestyle. Based upon what record of doing this right in the past?
A school in Lübeck, Germany, included “practical work experience” at a local asylum center into a week activities. The plan angered parents opposed the idea of their children changing linen on refugees’ beds, helping to cook food and sorting clothes.
An extract from a letter was posted in Facebook by a mother who obtained it from a friend whose son received it at school. Initially, the text sparked a mixture of bewilderment and disbelief in social media, but after a local newspaper got in touch with Schleswig-Holstein authorities, they confirmed the document was real.
If these immigrants cant even make their own beds I really dont see what use they are going to be in plugging Germany's skill labor shortage.