The Leibniz Institute for Economic Research (IWH) has recently raised many eyebrows in Saxony-Anhalt because it rightly pointed to increased xenophobia in the state as a locational disadvantage in connection with the Intel investment near Magdeburg.
Economics Minister Sven Schulze (CDU) is now accusing the IWH of making such statements without “any scientific basis”. Really? Just one look at these headlines from recent years shows: Xenophobia is a serious problem and racism is unfortunately an everyday experience for many people in this country.
We find: Xenophobia and racist basic attitudes do not disappear if you ignore them. Nor do you damage Saxony-Anhalt’s image by pointing out obvious deficiencies.