Yascha Mounk in Harper's
Harper's Magazine has published a "Letter From Germany" by Transatlantic Academy Fellow Yascha Mounk in its April 2017 issue, entitled "Echt Deutsch: How the refugee crisis is changing a nation's identity."
Mounk interviews integrated and successful Muslim Germans, newly arrived refugees, and others and reflects on how debates about identity are playing out in German society and politics with the rise of the far-right Alternative for Germany.
"If native Germans finally accept that a liberal society defines belonging by citizenship rather than by blood, and that today's refugees might turn into tomorrow's Germans, the country will manage to master the current crisis - and prove that the dream of a multiethnic, multi-religious democracy is still achievable," he writes. "But if they refuse to let go of their exclusive conception of the nation, the country will continue to treat its immigrants and refugees as second-class citizens, and will eventually succumb to the same rebellion against pluralism that has recently spread across North America and Western Europe."
The article can be read here.