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Not just an issue here, immigration debate raging in Germany..what is similiar?

Chancellor Angela Merkel's criticism that multiculturalism has failed sparked an open row in her government on Tuesday over whether Germany should take in more skilled immigrants that industry says it needs urgently.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere dismissed calls from three other cabinet ministers who had argued that Germany should relax its rules on immigrants because the country is facing a worsening shortage of skilled labor.

"Everyone comes up with proposals without understanding the situation -- the existing laws are flexible enough," said de Maiziere, a leading conservative voice in Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU), referring to demands from other ministers.

"Employers who need skilled workers should go out in the world and recruit them -- and then we'll help them with the immigration. The other way around won't work."

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Asked by sweet-a-kins at 1:29 PM on Oct. 19, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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