Most people know of Germany’s biggest political party, the CDU. This party also has a smaller sister political party located in Southern Germany called the CSU (Christian Social Union). The CSU started stirring up some political drama starting in the early last week by announcing that they will be proposing a law that would require everyone in Germany to speak both German in public… and in private.
You might be asking yourself, “Why would a political party suggest that there should be a law governing which languages that citizens of Germany can speak in their own private homes?”
This proposal (or stunt?) comes down to a reaction that Germany has become the country in the EU that is taking in both the largest number of immigrants as well as the largest number of asylum seekers. This has led to many questions. Both economic, as in, how will the number of non native Germans affect the countries finances, and social, like, how to integrate a large group of people with many different cultural and religious backgrounds into the German society.
Well, rest assured that this idea to create laws requiring everyone to speak only German both in public and in their own homes with their families is not the popular public opinion of how to integrate foreigners. The CSU is a party with far Right ideologies and are have been known not to be taken too seriously.
Many responded on Twitter and other social media denouncing the idea of forced German in the privacy of home. Some were upset and made some angry posts on how this was a bad idea. Others resorted to humor to voice their complaints, calling into question if the Bavarian dialect (where the CSU is from) is actually considered German language. Even Peter Tauber who is the general secretary of the CDU said “It is not politicians’ business if I speak Latin, Klingon, or Hessian at home".
Merkel herself said that it is not a failure if children in Germany grow up bilingual and she regards the language diversity as an advantage.
Since this time, due to the social unrest of their suggestions, the CSU has tried to water down the remarks they made about foreigners speaking German in the home, suggesting instead that they should be "encouraged" to learn German.