Fourth ECRI Report on Germany 2009

"In the framework of its country- by-country monitoring work, ECRI examines the situation concerning manifestations of racism and intolerance in each of the Council of Europe member States. ECRI’s findings, along with recommendations as to how each country might deal with the problems identified, are published in country reports. These reports are drawn up after a contact visit to the country in question and a confidential dialogue with the national authorities. The country-by-country monitoring deals with all member States on an equal footing and takes place in five-year cycles, covering nine/ten countries per year" (ECRI - Country Monitoring Work).

"In Germany, the adoption of the General Equal Treatment Act (AGG) has strengthened the legal and institutional framework against racism and discrimination; there are signs of improved dialogue with the Muslim community and the authorities have begun to develop a strong new focus on integration, aiming to help migrants participate fully in German society. However, violent racist, xenophobic and antisemitic attacks continue to be reported, and support for parties expressing racist, antisemitic or revisionist views has increased. At the same time, discrimination in daily life is reported by members of the Muslim, Turkish, Black as well as Roma and Sinti communities" (ECRI - Press release).