COMMUNIQUÉ by Robert Carle

A Grand Illusion

The Short Life of German Multiculturalism

Journalists at the 2010 World Cup touted the German national team as a showcase for the success of European multiculturalism. Eleven of the 23 players on the German national team in Johannesburg were of immigrant descent. Rob Hughes of the New York Times called the German national team a “league of many nations.” Canadian Doug Saunders reported that in Berlin’s Turkish ghettos, nearly every shop and apartment was wrapped in the red, black, and gold flag of Germany, and every kid’s face was painted with national colors.

The star of the team was 21-year-old Mesut Özil, a third-generation Turkish German who grew up playing soccer amid boarded-up shops and . . .

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