Why isn’t the German cabinet more diverse?

Photo: DPA

When a fourth government finally formed under Chancellor Angela Merkel last month,  upon seeing photos of the new federal cabinet the lack of diversity immediately struck me.

Why, I asked myself, are there no people of colour at the highest level of German government?

By contrast, Germany’s football team during the World Cup in 2014 consisted of several non-white players. And in this year’s Weltmeisterschaft I expect to see the same.

Maybe since I’m Canadian and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet reflects Canada’s diversity, I wish this were also the case for my adopted country.

The Economist made a bold statement this week by saying Germany is “becoming more diverse and open” – but unless I see that reflected in more areas of society including politics and the media, I’m likely to remain sceptical.


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