"We Don't Wear Burkas" - Germany Unveils "Cultural Integration Initiative" For Immigrants

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Authored by Soren Kern via The Gatestone Institute,

  • The list makes no mention of German culture as being the guiding or core culture (Leitkultur), nor does the task force explicitly demand that migrants assimilate to the German way of life. Rather, the guiding principles appear to be aimed at encouraging Germans to embrace the foreign cultural norms that migrants bring to Germany.
  • "We cannot ask anyone to respect our customs if we are not ready to articulate them.... Our country is shaped by Christianity.... Germany is part of the West, culturally, spiritually and politically speaking." — German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière.
  • Proponents of a Leitkultur argue that it necessary to prevent the establishment of parallel societies, including those governed by Islamic sharia law.

A government task force created to promote the integration of migrants into German society has published a list of the core features of German culture.

The list studiously omits politically incorrect terms such as "patriotism" and "leading culture" (Leitkultur), and effectively reduces German traditions and values to the lowest common denominator. The task force, in fact, implicitly establishes multiculturalism as the most complete expression of German culture.

The so-called Cultural Integration Initiative (Initiative kulturelle Integration) was created by the German government in December 2016 to promote "social cohesion" after Chancellor Angela Merkel opened German borders to more than a million migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

The task force — led by the German Cultural Council (Deutscher Kulturrat) in close cooperation with the German Interior Ministry and two dozen media, religious and other interest groups — was charged with reaching a consensus on what constitutes German culture. The original aim was to facilitate "cultural integration" by encouraging migrants to assimilate to a shared set of cultural values.

After five months of deliberation, the task force on May 16 presented a list of what it considers to be the top 15 guiding principles of German culture. Encapsulated in the catchphrase "Cohesion in Diversity," the list consists of mostly generic ideas about German culture — gender equality, freedom of expression, freedom of religion, pluralism and democracy — that are not at all unique to Germany.

Moreover, the list makes no mention of German culture as being the guiding or core culture (Leitkultur), nor does the task force explicitly demand that migrants assimilate to the German way of life. Rather, the guiding principles appear to be aimed at encouraging Germans to embrace the foreign cultural norms that migrants bring to Germany. The task force's focus seems to have shifted from integration and assimilation to coexistence, tolerance and to the Germans adopting the migrant's core culture.

The preamble states:

"Integration affects all people in Germany. Social cohesion can neither be prescribed, nor is it alone a task of politics.... Solidarity is one of the basic principles of our coexistence. It shows itself in our understanding of each other and in the attention to the needs of others — we stand for a solidarity society...


"Immigration changes a society and requires openness, respect and tolerance on all sides.... The stirring up of fears and hostilities is not the right way — we stand for a cosmopolitan society...


"The European integration process is not only a guarantee for peace in Europe and an important basis for prosperity and employment, it also stands for cultural convergence as well as for common European values ??— we want a united Europe."

A job fair for migrants, held on February 25, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Image source: Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière, a well-known supporter of the idea of a core culture (Leitkultur), expressed disappointment at the task force's refusal to be more specific about what constitutes Germanness. "We cannot ask anyone to respect our customs if we are not ready to articulate them," he said. At a press conference in Berlin on May 16, he elaborated:

"I clearly disagree with the German Cultural Council regarding the word Leitkultur: I like the word, the council does not. It is still not clear to me whether what disturbs you is the word 'core' or the word 'culture' or the combination of both words. Or is it something else in the past."

Proponents of a Leitkultur argue that it necessary to prevent the establishment of parallel societies, including those governed by Islamic sharia law. Critics say that a Leitkultur would require migrants to abandon some parts of their identities to conform to the majority — the opposite of the multicultural ideal in which migrants should be allowed to retain their identities.

De Maizière generated a firestorm of criticism after he wrote an article, published by Bild on April 29, calling on migrants to accept a German Leitkultur. He argued that Germany needs a "core culture to act as a common thread through society, especially because migration and an open society are making us more diverse."

In his article, de Maizière outlined ten core features of a core German culture, including the principle of meritocracy and respect for German culture and history. He added: "There is something beyond our language, constitution, and respect for fundamental rights that binds us in our hearts, which makes us different, and distinguishes us from others."

Commenting on the role of religion in Germany, de Maizière wrote that "our state is neutral, but friendly towards churches and religious communities.... Church towers shape our landscape. Our country is shaped by Christianity.... Germany is part of the West, culturally, spiritually and politically speaking." He added:

"In Germany we say our name and shake our hand when greeting. We are an open society. We show our face. We do not wear burkas."

De Maizière's comments were greeted with widespread derision. Martin Schulz, chancellor candidate for the Social Democrats (SPD), said that Germany's "leading culture, consisting of freedom, justice and peaceful coexistence, is enshrined in the constitution."

German Green Party member, Jamila Schäfer, said:

"As soon as your identity is based most strongly on which country you belong to, you can easily adopt an attitude of superiority. And that is dangerous and anti-democratic because it is excluding others. A society is always changing, and one of the reasons for that is migration. I do not think that finding a way to live together peacefully is about preserving one's culture."

Schäfer's view, if taken to its logical conclusion, would surrender German culture for the chimera of social peace: accepting that Germany's Judeo-Christian heritage slowly be replaced by Islamic sharia law. Many German politicians agree with Schäfer.

The leader of the Free Democrats, Christian Lindner, accused de Maizière of reopening "an old and outdated" debate: "Once again, it is about religion."

The former general secretary of Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU), Ruprecht Polenz, said that the concept of a Leitkultur "does not fit into a pluralistic society." He added:

"A certain conception of Islam suggests or even forbids men from shaking hands with women. I do not think it is good, but it does not hurt. It does not have to be problematized by the debate over a Leitkultur."

Germany's Integration Commissioner, Aydan Özo?uz, denounced the debate over Leitkultur as "ridiculous and absurd." Writing in Tagesspiegel, she argued:

"A specifically German culture, beyond the language, is simply not identifiable. Historically, regional cultures, immigration and diversity have shaped our history. Globalization and pluralization have further multiplied diversity. Immigrants cannot be regulated by a majority culture."

Despite the criticism from German politicians, de Maizière appears to have the support of the German public. A May 5 Insa poll conducted for Focus magazine found that 52.5% of Germans agreed that Germany needs a Leitkultur. Only 25.3% of respondents were opposed.

De Maizière's efforts come amid attempts by the CDU to win back conservative voters angered over Merkel's liberal immigration policies. Many of those have embraced the Alternative for Germany (AfD), a party that has called for curbs to mass migration.

A May 17 Forsa poll for Stern and RTL showed that if the September federal election were held today, Merkel's CDU would win with 38% of the vote, far ahead of the SPD with 26%. The FDP would win 8% of the vote, followed by the Greens and the AfD, each with 7%. If Germans were able to choose the chancellor directly, rather than through party lists, Merkel would win with 50%, compared to 24% for her main challenger, Martin Schulz of the SPD. German voters, at least for now, appear to be happy with the status quo, with or without a Leitkultur.

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TalkToLind's picture

Das Rayciss. Open yo borders.

Mr Pink's picture

Is Germany becoming, dare I say, "uncucked"?

NugginFuts's picture

Suicide bomber attack in 3.....2......1.......

"We must protect the modesty of our women while we rape yours!"

Handful of Dust's picture
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Nice Try Lao Che's picture

Merkel doesn't wear a burka ~ but she should START...

Harlequin001's picture

"Immigration changes a society..

So does invasion and defeat.

The result is the same. It's just that one involves at least some semblance of a fight.

wildbad's picture

Demezier is a globalist stooge. Anything he says has to be weighed in the context of the upcoming German elections. He has been in lockstep with Merkel and her globalist strategies from the beginning. He owes his position to her.

Islam is a religion. It is also a culture. It requires obediance and submission in both the spiritual and political arenas and encourages the use of any and all methods to further the conversion of humans into chattel for its totalitarian goals.

This is clearly incompatible with western democratic ideals and any attempt to sell it as the religion of peas is simply a tactic.

Diversity is sold as a universal goal which is to be desired despite the fact that the more diverse a culture is, the less safe and cohesive it is. It is just another collectivist psychological manipulation technique to move the Overton window towards total communist power concentration.

Diversity is NOT a fundamental principle. Non-aggression, freedom in all of its forms ARE fundamental principles which Islam abhors. Islam means and requires submission and I for one will NEVER submit and nor should you.

CuttingEdge's picture

Austria has always been the trend-setter for Germany (referencing house painters here)...

Austria’s far-left president, Alexander Van der Bellen, has suggested that one day all women must wear headscarves to fight Islamophobia.


We are heading towards a very bad place indeed.

These multicultural apologists should be lined up and shot.

Or maybe tortured in extremis first for a bit of satisfying payback.

Kobe Beef's picture

"we are an open society...blah blah"

-some German cuck trying to maintain the pretense of Multiculturalism in the face of hostile Orc invasion.


How about "We're German. You're muslim. Get the fuck out."

-Kobe Beef

ps: For any true Germans reading this.. Germany still breeds German Shepherds right? Put one in every ethnic German home. Start Hund Appreciation Societies and take the pack for a walk at your nearest mosque, five times a day, until your communities' health improves. Rottweilers and Dobermans also welcome. We appreciate all German Hounds!

Stuck on Zero's picture

Since German people must be accepting of all cultures so should the German government. If someone chooses to pay taxes to the Mosque or Temple instead of the German government that should be acceptable. If someone chooses to pay their taxes to France instead of Germany that should also be acceptable.

clade7's picture

Yeah, like one of those black plastic leaf bags made by Hefty for starters...

mary mary's picture

Merkel look nice in spacesuit or diving suit with helmet.  Just her color.

Top Hat's picture

"We Don't Wear Burkas....."

That's a fine notion until shit starts blowing up.

New_Meat's picture

What's thei WE, mein herr?

El Oregonian's picture

Weaponized Religion. Exactly what the globalist needed to yoke the people with man-made burdens and force them into submitting to them.

Haus-Targaryen's picture

No, definitely not.  Only one thing uncucks Germans -- poverty. 

Make Germans poor and they get their priorities figured out fairly quickly. 

Yukon Cornholius's picture

As Goring said, "When I hear the word culture I reach for my pistol."

GunnerySgtHartman's picture

Nah.  This won't last when the Muslim clerics start raising hell over it.

Kobe Beef's picture

Hound Appreciation Society to the rescue!!

We can't hear your cleric over the barking of our noble hunds!


junction's picture

No mention of mass murder, truck bombs, rape gangs or drug dealing by followers of the religion of peace. 

hannah's picture

what a fucking bizarre concept all this is.....bring in a whole new culture, declare the existing culture as bad and then promote rape crime and murder. the commies have really won the cold war yet russia isnt a commie country any longer.

HRClinton's picture

What about "If you look like 'I Dream Of Jeannie', you can dress like 'I Dream of Jennie'."?

I Dream of Jeannie, first episode: Jeannie speaks Persian  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9L4NVc4HJo

HalinCA's picture

Borders, or checkbooks?

taketheredpill's picture





Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Ban or force wearing of Burka is like piss on flame to extinguish forest fire. It is not article of clothing that is problem, it is mental illness that Muslim man is force woman to wear, or powerful state is by edict ban. Boris is tired very quickly of this excrement that is pass as rational for some strange segment of population! Is make Boris want to fall back on wagon.

East Indian's picture

At least 30 years too late.


Long ago I read an article in the Internet, in which a muslim author said that soon Europe might reopen its concentration camps to incarcerate muslims. This was written before 2000. I am unable to trace that article. 

New_Meat's picture

the author was Charles Martel

clade7's picture

Brother Boris not only fall back on turnip wagon willingly, but flog mules into gallop process...All the while waving babuska overhead wildly, cheering like Slim Pickens in Dr LoveStrange scene...

mary mary's picture

Boris is kick your butt in Vespa race.  Boris is hero.  Clade need get laid.  Call Natasha....

Gohigher's picture

The winner of the best comment in thread:

Sir Boris !!

Honorable reflection points for "fall back onto wagon"

AlexCharting's picture

Mark my words... its only a matter of time until the left turns on Islam. They all suffer EXTREME cognitive dissonance in their Islam apologetics.... it WILL break, and thats when SHTF! :D

shovelhead's picture

I doubt it.

They'll be standing in Shariah Court getting sentencted to death and wondering how it went so wrong.

That's how clueless they are.

RichardParker's picture



Nobody stays at the top of the identity politics pyramid forever. 

Long-John-Silver's picture

We don't wear Burkas yet.


There: Fixed it for you!

roadhazard's picture

When in Rome, bitches.

besnook's picture

i agree. everyone should learn the goose step for the sake of their heritage. ban jews, muslims, buddhists and atheists. they are counter culture, a danger to german cultural cohesion.

besnook's picture

maybe mexicans would be a better fit.

roisaber's picture

If Hitler had won, does anybody think that Europeans would be threatened by radical Islamic terrorism in the hearts of Paris, Oslo, or Berlin today?

We miss you big guy. 

Yukon Cornholius's picture

There was no way Hitler and team were ever going to win. He was a patsy to the (((RedShield))) the whole time and was used to set up the (((State))). Ever wonder how the third reich was paid for, or more specifically, who paid for it? It wasn't from selling memberships and flags. The reich's finance minister had direct ties to the (((BOE))).

Robert Trip's picture

You know nothing about the Fuhrer.

It's best to keep your mouth shut.

You and your ilk sound like fools.

roisaber's picture

I am aware of some of those accusations but I don't find them personally convincing. Hitler struck the greatest blow against Bolshevism and international jewry that was ever struck - but with nigh-on the whole good goy world set against them, they were simply overwhelmed.

Yukon Cornholius's picture

Sure he did. All without one ounce of gold from the Red Shield. Hjalmar Schacht dealt directly with Montague Norman and Henry Moragthau in financing the reich.

Hitler probably even shook a Rothschild hand at some point.

Yukon Cornholius's picture

Ever wonder why Frankfurt was spared the wrath of dresden, Hamburg, Aachen?

Total war, except don't hit the banks.

roadhazard's picture

Fortunately for everyone he loved Heroin and amphetamines.

RichardParker's picture

The Mohammedan religion too would have been much more compatible to us than Christianity. Why did it have to be Christianity with its meekness and flabbiness?



ipso_facto's picture

What ever happened to 'Aryans'?

Tejano's picture

What ever happened to Aryans? The best of  them left sick old Europe in the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries for the Americas, leaving the dolts and the degenerate inbred elites to war among themselves killing off the best of what was left.

Sure, you can find a few good specimens that remain but, on the whole, its not lookin' good for the home team.