‘Germany’s unresolved tensions’

 

Sir, – Derek Scally’s report on Malvina, a teenage German girl in a relationship with an older Syrian refugee, is quite disturbing (“Documentary about couple’s romance reveals Germany’s unresolved tensions”, World News, January 11th).

How on earth can western societies integrate, or better still assimilate, someone who believes that “his woman” cannot wear short clothes or eat pork, should cover her hair and who doesn’t “like it when other guys talk with my girlfriend”?

NGOs and the liberal elites claim that we must “accommodate” migrants and their beliefs. But how can we “accommodate” the views of Malvina’s controlling boyfriend without chipping away at the notion that Europe has a coherent cultural identity and a set of values that we all subscribe to? – Yours, etc,

KARL MARTIN,

Bayside,

Dublin 13.