"We have failed to provide a vision of society to which they feel they want to belong. We have even tolerated these segregated communities behaving in ways that run counter to our values."
And it's not just him. Angela Merkel is coming around too.
Speaking to a meeting of young members of her Christian Democratic Union party, Merkel said the idea of people from different cultural backgrounds living happily "side by side" did not work.
She said the onus was on immigrants to do more to integrate into German society.
"This [multicultural] approach has failed, utterly failed," Merkel told the meeting in Potsdam, west of Berlin, yesterday.
The theory of a melting pot is only a myth in this day and age. Europe is not a melting pot, neither is America.
If anything, we are a mosaic, separate tiles formed together by force. No common connections, no blending of minds and/or spirits. No blending of colors like in an oil painting. No blending, period.
The two strongest nations that comprise Europe are finally getting the hint here. It's nothing to jump up and down about. But it is a start.
At least they are not afraid to talk about it.