Germany: Muslim youth violence a problem, says Merkel

Germany: Muslim youth violence a problem, says Merkel

Via Deutsche Welle:

Chancellor Angela Merkel has waded into a contentious debate on immigration in Germany as Bundesbank board member Thilo Sarrazin, unfazed by widespread criticism of his views on race, threatened to fight his dismissal.

Speaking to German weekly Bild am Sonntag, Angela Merkel said it would be wrong to play down statistics that show religious Muslim youths in Germany to be more prone to violence than the rest of the population.

"This is a big problem and we can talk about it openly, without arousing suspicions of xenophobia," Merkel said in the interview published on Sunday, September 5.

But Merkel warned against automatically linking certain religions with violence.

"This is misleading," she said. "Violence among young people is often a sign that they see no perspective for themselves. All that helps is education, education, education."