Study: Foreign countries look concerned at racism in Germany | free press


Berlin (dpa) – Concerns about racism are increasingly emerging from outside Germany. This is the result of a joint study by the Goethe Institute, the Association for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

“Populist and extremist tendencies are on the rise in Germany – no other risk area abroad is being tackled in such a disparate way,” the study said.

Respondents therefore indicated that they experienced “less tolerance and friendliness” during their stay in Germany in recent years. “You increasingly feel that you are not welcome,” it reads. In addition, there is an assessment that Germany does not deal sufficiently with its colonial history.

In a video message, Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) said Germany stands for fundamental values, “especially respect for human dignity and cooperation based on partnerships”. She saw positive feedback as confirmation and incentive. “The critical comments should give us the opportunity to work on improvements,” Merkel said.

From the respondents’ point of view, the digital infrastructure and preconditions for entrepreneurial innovations need to be improved. There are too many academic hurdles and hierarchies in the university system.

Germany is seen as a stable democracy

There is also a need to catch up in the field of environmental protection. “We notice a great social interest in environmental themes, but the companies pay too little attention to the subject.” The study identifies a mismatch between ambition and reality, which has been exacerbated by the latest political and economic scandals.

The German political system, which is considered a stable democracy, is positively assessed. “From the respondents’ point of view, the interplay between different interest groups works well and is firmly anchored in the institution,” it says. In addition, Germany is seen as an economic power within the European Union.

From the outside, the German work in the corona pandemic is seen as efficient for the first wave; according to the survey, respondents were surprised at the later development with “increasingly less discipline in the population and problems with purchasing, logistics and organization of the vaccination campaign”.

For the research, the internationally oriented organizations made use of experts with years of intensive experience in Germany between January and March. A structured online survey of 622 people from 37 countries was followed by further interviews with 48 respondents in 24 countries.