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Episode 22: Wir Schaffen Das — Except in the Bundestag?

micCommon GroundtodayMarch 22, 2021

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    Episode 22: Wir Schaffen Das -- Except in the Bundestag? Common Ground

Immigrants and their descendants account for a quarter of Germany’s population, but still have a hard time breaking into the political arena. Will any of that change this election year? Is the first-ever Syrian refugee candidate a good start?

Host Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson talks with MP Aydan Özoğuz, a Social Democrat who was previously the federal commissioner for migration, refugees and integration and Andreas Wüst, a professor of political science and government at the Munich University of Applied Sciences.

This show is produced by Dina Elsayed.


Update 30.3.2021: The Green Party says the first refugee to run for the Bundestag — Syrian Tareq Alaows, who we report on in this episode — has since withdrawn his candidacy because of threats against him and his family.


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