Refugee crisis shows the changing soul of Germany

Reuters Canada

Paul Carrel Noah Barkin
September 13, 2015

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Europe's refugee crisis is revealing the changing soul of Germany.

Back in 2010, Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that multi-culturalism in Germany had been an abject failure; today the nation is opening its arms to hundreds of thousands of refugees, many of them Muslims from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The same year, politician Thilo Sarrazin published his book "Deutschland schafft sich ab" (Germany does away with itself), warning that Muslim immigrants were ruining German society. It shot to the top of the best-seller lists.

And yet in the past week crowds of Germans have greeted migrants arriving in the country with …

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