More European – has multiculturalism really failed?

As a tangental follow up to my post Do you speak the lingo? another kinda related topic.

It seems from the perspective of German and British politics to be the case. Within the space of a few months we have heard the heads of Government proclaiming this failure.

Firstly Angela Merkel expressed that there had been an utter failure of cultures living side by side and immigrants needed to do more to integrate.
Now Cameron has followed suit and expressed the failure of state multiculturalism, and a need for“less of the passive tolerance of recent years and much more active, muscular liberalism,”

But how can both Germany and the UK
balance integration, a strong stance on immigration and not give
“the impression to the outside world that those who don’t speak (the lingo) immediately or who were not raised speaking (it) are not welcome here.”?

Do you agree that multicultarlism has failed in the UK and Germany?
Is the politicians reasoning for the cause plausible?
What is the solution to this tricky predicament both countries face?

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