With national elections are less than two months away, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) temporarily lost support over her government's refugee policies last year. Merkel has long suffered from low popularity, cutting a lonely figure in her struggle to resist pressure to change her open-door refugee policy. Now, the chancellor's CDU seems to be bucking the pan-European trend of an erosion of support favoring mainstream political parties. Merkel's CDU won a decisive victory in Germany's most populous state in May, an auspicious sign for her chances of re-election in a national poll on Sept. 24. German society has been polarized by the influx of some 890,000 asylum seekers last year, with another 213,000 submitting applications in the first nine months of 2016. Although fewer migrants entered the country in 2016, far-right parties have called for an immigration cap.
You really have no idea about anyone’s expectations but your own. I’m a white, western man married to an Eastern Asian woman. Do I disagree with some aspects of Asian culture? Well, yes, of course I do. As does she with some aspects of western culture. Do either of us try to force the other to change? No. Why not? First, because I respect her (that’s why I married her), and second, because what ever cultural difference there is between us is insignificant. People across cultures, sexes, races, religions, and any other category you’d like to put them in are not really that different. We are vastly more similar than we are different. I live in her country and speak her language. I am fully integrated into her family and she in mine. We are comfortable in each other’s culture. I’d say this applies for the vast majority of international/interracial couples. Please think about what you say before posting blatantly discriminatory and narrow-minded assertions.