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    a very observable trend among the German left; I hear such things all the time, and I experience it even more as an Arab here. So as much as I admire the left's commitment to certain progressive principles, when it comes to their attitudes to Muslim immigrants, I must say I was not expecting the level of open racism that I've heard and experienced. And I am in Berlin, supposedly the most progressive city in Germany. I will simply say that the idea of "progressive Europe" may be true when it comes to things like health care and the environment, but certainly not when it comes to minorities and immigrants.

    •  America generally has a 2-D opinion of Europe (1+ / 0-)
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      gerald 1969

      Because Europeans are generally not so terrified by the thought of government, Americans often think Europe must be left/progressive.  But one's opinion on government is only half the story, if that.  It's what you want your government to do that counts.

      Berlin sounds like a great city, hope you ultimately enjoy the place.

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