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Welt am Sonntag - Germany | 05/01/2014

Wolfgang Scheida dismayed by "poverty immigration" debate

The debate in Germany about a potential wave of "poverty immigration" continues now that the free movement of workers for Romanians and Bulgarians has taken effect. Wolfgang Scheida, an ethnic German immigrant who grew up in Romania and is now a top editor with the conservative Sunday paper Welt am Sonntag, finds such talk unbearable: "When the ethnic German immigrants from Romania came to Germany in the 1990s - including myself, they received a warm welcome - also because of election strategies, without doubt. Many 'immigrated' initially in the social welfare system, but as time passed they managed to become independent and earn a living for themselves. Many took advantage of the opportunity to have a better life. We worked hard, attended language courses, studied, integrated. ... There are few things as painful as being part of a family but always having to eat at the side table. This is how we 'Romanians and Bulgarians' feel. We may belong to the EU and people want to do business with us, but as soon as we want to move around Europe freely and work where we please people start screaming blue murder. And yes, some won't want to work, just as some Germans don't want to work. We should put up with them. The country won't collapse because of this."

Welt am Sonntag - Germany | 24/02/2013

Wolfgang Scheida on the Romanian inferiority complex

The horsemeat scandal, the Roma debate and the Golden Bear win at the Berlin International Film Festival have shown that no other nation in Europe suffers as much from an inferiority complex as Romania does, the Romanian-German author Wolfgang Scheida writes in the conservative Welt am Sonntag: "'We are so small and insignificant', is the biggest lament of the Romanians. Meanwhile a popular nationalist refrain turns the tables and glorifies the country as an anti-Ottoman bulwark. ... As a result, Romania's relations with the outside world can only be ambivalent, and alternate between admiration and rejection. ... When the film by a German-Romanian director won the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival recently, there was even too much celebration. The Romanian media enthused about a victory against 'the rest of the world'. ... Romania remains a country with corrupt and populist politicians, plagued by poverty and dubious new rich. It is the scene of daily annoyances, with no end of things that don't work and people ready to rip you off. But for a country that has been looking for a social and moral compass for over 20 years, the film sends something like a normative signal. The only thing that can help against the obsession of being worthless and insignificant is a strong work ethic."

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