Helmut Schmidt should be around 95 now, so I assume he doesn’t know that he’s not supposed to say that sort of thing. But I also doubt very much that he will get the Thilo Sarrazin treatment. Thilo Sarrazin was lynched for a distorted version of his statement when the real objection was his criticism of immigration.
Schmidt was SPD putting him on the left side of the dial. He was a Socialist leader, but he also has a history of taking positions that are more to the right. Especially after leaving office where he now opposes Turkey’s entry into the EU and denounces Warmunism as “hysteria”. And he is skeptical of the guest-worker boom.
Former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt stated that bringing millions of Turkish guest-workers into Germany was a mistake and that multiculturalism can only work under authoritarian regimes. Schmidt told Hamburger Abendblatt reporters that:
“The concept of multiculturalism is difficult to make fit with a democratic society.”
“Given the great cultural differences and geographical concerns I must … recommend against taking Turkey into the European Union,” writes Schmidt.
Islam is another issue of concern to the E.U. says Schmidt: “The outcome of the re-Islamisation process is uncertain and fundamentalism is possible.”
A further problem raised by Schmidt is immigration. Germany has 2.1 million Turkish nationals whom Schmidt says have failed to integrate in the sense of a melting pot.
“No real integration of additional immigrants can be expected and immigration thus need to be limited by the E.U.,” he says. Turkish membership in the European Union would throw open the bloc to free immigration by Turks.
So Schmidt’s latest comments are not surprising.
Helmut Schmidt: As regards Italy or Greece, there’s no problem. One day the Italians and the Greeks will go home or they’ll integrate into society in the course of time. That’s what we’ve seen for decades. The problem isn’t due to Italian, Greek or Spanish immigration. The problem is due to immigration from foreign cultures, for example cultures marked by Islam.