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Member of the federal board of the CDU Erika Steinbach delivers a speech on the CDU party congress, on November 14, 2011 in Leipzig, eastern Germany

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Erika Steinbach, human rights spokesperson for Angela Merkel's CDU party, has been criticized after she posted a picture that appears to predict that in 14 years' time, white people will be in a minority in Germany.

German politician Erika Steinbach, who is human rights spokesperson for the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, faces criticism after she tweeted a picture with the caption 'Germany 2030' that depicts a crowd of dark-skinned people curiously asking a single white child where she is from.

The picture has the captions 'Germany 2030' and 'Where do you come from?'

​Steinbach posted the image on Saturday and caused a wave of mostly negative reaction on Twitter.

'So Erika Steinbach is afraid of Indians? And tweets as blatantly unintelligently as ever… is there nothing she is ashamed of?'

'You have — once again — crossed the fine line from right-wing populism to racism. I am sorry for you,' tweeted leading SDP politician Ulrich Kelber.

'I like her picture of Germany in 2030 a lot more than many pictures of Germany in 2015.'

'Hello, Erika Steinbach! We don't have an Indian problem, but an Arab problem. And not in 2030, but today.'

​Steinbach responded to the criticism later that day on Twitter.

​'To all those in denial of reality: more people than you think in Germany are worried that the natives will become a minority,' Steinbach wrote.

'Erika Steinbach, thank you for remaining a strong voice for the German people. Legitimate concerns that the natives will become the minority!'

On Monday the politician spoke to German newspaper Bild and sought to explain her controversial tweet.

"That photo was sent to me by a worried father from Frankfurt, whose children only have two other German classmates. He sent that photo with the letter," Steinbach told Bild.

"It is not an aggressive photo. There are no Arab refugees on it, but friendly Indians who are inquisitive and interested in the child."

Asked whether Germany will really look like that photo in 2030, she replied, "The data indicates so."

"In the big cities a significant proportion of the population is already non-German," Steinbach said.

Steinbach was also accused of racism by the leaders of Germany's Green Party and the socialist Die Linke Party, who demanded she be forced to resign from the position of CDU human rights spokesperson.

"For me this raises the question of how Mrs Steinbach can reconcile her racist statements with her position as human rights spokesperson," Green Party leader Anton Hofreiter told the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger (Cologne City Gazette) newspaper.

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  • Yet, the same people outraged by this woman would be furious if the situation was reversed. That's called hypocrisy. And yes, Europeans don't have dark skin and they don't wear turbans. Europeans, African, Indian, Chinese, etc. are supposed to be different. What's the big crime about that? Each has a different civilization and culture. I can live in China for 30 years, marry a local and speak the language. That DOESN'T make me Chinese. The same for Europe and European-origin countries of the West.
  • backfromthegraav
    Much sooner than that ..... Germany has 40 Million Ukriane nazi's coming soon ROFLOL
  • Hagbard Celine
    Mrs Steinbach would not be criticised for this in any other country. I don´t support double standards.period.
  • michaelin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
    jas, agreed _ I've married a Russian woman, we have Russian children, but I do not ever expect to be accepted as Russian. When we move (back) there permanently, it will still be the case. Even though my in-laws accept me and (hopefully :) ) respect me there will always be that bridge. :)
  • siberianhusky
    She is absolutely correct here. Same applies to France/Muslims, America/Mexicans, Germany/Muslims, England/Muslims, the Netherlands/they are so screwed up that anything is possible there, Belgium/Muslim, Canada an other mixed bag will take a little bit longer.

    Can you see the trend of where all this is happening. None of this is happening in Russia, India, South and Central America, China. Do you really have to ask yourself why?
  • Peter Pedant
    "For me this raises the question of how Mrs Steinbach can reconcile her racist statements with her position as human rights spokesperson,"

    Green Party leader Anton Hofreiter believes that white native Germans are not human and do not deserve rights.
  • Peter Pedant
    "For me this raises the question of how Mrs Steinbach can reconcile her racist statements with her position as human rights spokesperson,"

    Green Party leader Anton Hofreiter believes that white native Germans are not human and do not deserve rights.
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