in thinking about the german arabs you mention above... i suspect there are significant portions of white germany who want an end to the infusion of foreign people/cultures. if there were a significant terrorist attack in germany, i could see interesting/troubling things happening, and from there possibly leading to a military buildup. these things always begin with a spark of some sort. germany now has the financial clout to do big things.
is there a nationalist movement of any sort in germany today? i guess the hypothetical scenario i mentioned above would depend on it, but i don't know enough about today's germany to say one way or the other.
There is no more opposition to immigration in Germany than there is in the U.S. There is a nationalist movement, but it is very small and ordinary Germans regard them as "scary extremists." The nationalist are, however, better organized than they are in the U.S. It is a much smaller country and so people meet face to face as opposed to over the internet.
There is no birthright citizenship in Germany. So a child of Turkish (or whatever) parents is not a citizen unless they apply. Many do not apply. Also non-Germans are more concentrated in big cities than in America, so many Germans do not really run into them that much. Of course, Turkish culture, African culture, etc. is commented on very favorably by the newspapers and on TV and many people think it is great.
It is illegal to criticize immigration using racial terms in Germany. Actually, a lot of things are illegal. One cannot criticize” democracy” or the German constitution, and technically it is illegal to call someone a “a—hole” (can’t remember the German word, but it is quite similar). This later law is rarely enforced. However, political correctness is strongly enforced. I know someone who was jailed for saying, “When I was young, this was a nice German city, but now it resembles an Oriental (meaning Turkish) slum”.
The people I knew were with the NPD (www.npd.de
). They would have teams of lawyers go over all their publications and their speeches, but there were still regularly fined and jailed. Activists can have their houses searched at any time without warrant and have their computers, phones, iPads, books, etc. seized. It can take months to get them. Even if nothing illegal is found this can go on on a regular basis for years. There are many German government agents that infiltrate nationalist groups. The list attempt to ban the NPD failed because it was discovered that those promoting illegal activities were government agents.
There are also 2 police agencies: one for thought crime and one for ordinary criminal activity. I could go on, but this post is getting too long.
Oh, one last point. The NPD (and I suspect German nationalists generally) are totally opposed to the EU and the Euro. And they do see Germany as being economically strong, but rather banks as being strong. They do not identify with them any more than American identify with the Federal Reserve.
I also think that both Germany and Japan are prohibited from building up their militaries (although I am not an expert on this). Most Germans are totally okay with this. The nationalists are happy with it since when German troops are deployed it is always to help out the U.S./NATO or the UN.