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Swiss paper stirs up anti-German sentiment

BERNE, Switzerland, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- A German news magazine has accused a Swiss tabloid of stirring up anti-German sentiment by calling German immigrants in Switzerland arrogant and cheap.

While not all who read the mass-circulation paper Blick responded to the discriminatory campaign in kind, Deutsche Welle said the article offered no doubt as to how Blick viewed the increasing number of German immigrants.

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In reference to the nearly 25,000 German immigrants who entered Switzerland in 2006, Blick asked if others were also sick of "cheap workers, arrogant expressions and objectionable self-confidence?"

One German immigrant said the current anti-German trend in Switzerland could likely be linked to minor cultural differences and mannerisms.

"The main problem is German directness," Jens-Rainer Wiese said. "The Swiss are reserved and very polite, whereas the Germans are loud in public and just come out and say what they want. The mentality is very different."

Deutsche Welle said many business experts credit German workers for the role they play in the booming Swiss economy.

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