ANGELA MERKEL has warned that Germany needs to be vigilant about the rise of nationalism in Europe because of its Nazi past.
Speaking after populist parties across the continent were boosted by last weekend’s European Parliament elections, the German chancellor said her country needed to recount ‘what history has brought’.
She told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that ‘in Germany, obviously, they always have to be seen in a certain context, in the context of our past, which means we have to be that much more vigilant than others’.
Mrs Merkel (pictured) also condemned the rise of anti-Semitism, saying Germany ‘always had a certain number of anti-Semites among us, unfortunately’.
Her comments follow an outcry after Germany’s anti-Semitism commissioner Felix Klein advised Jews not to wear skullcaps in public for their own safety.
The number of anti-Semitic and anti-foreigner incidents rose in Germany last year, despite an overall drop in politically motivated crimes.
Mrs Merkel said it had become harder to convince people of the lessons of the past, but ‘it has to be taught to every generation’.