Discrimination Swells 'German Society is Poisoned'

Social scientist Wilhelm Heitmeyer has been publishing studies on German attitudes for a decade. In a SPIEGEL interview, he discusses his latest results, which show that Germans' relationship to minorities and the disadvantaged has become increasingly hostile.
Controversial author Thilo Sarrazin, shown here in a televised conflict with immigrants earlier this year.

Controversial author Thilo Sarrazin, shown here in a televised conflict with immigrants earlier this year.

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Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan