Russian Germans: choosing between two homelands

Christoph Bergner,
Parliamentary State Secretary of the German Federal Interior Ministry,
Federal Government Commissioner for Matters Related to Repatriates and National Minorities in Germany

1948 - Born in Zwickau, Saxony, Germany
1967 - Moves to Saalfeld, Thuringia
1971 - Joins Christian Democratic Union (CDU)
1974 - PhD, Martin Luther University, Halle
1974 - Research Assistant, Plant Biochemistry Institute, Academy of Sciences, Halle
1989 - Co-signatory, Neues Forum Civil Rights Movement
1990 - Head, District Administrative Authority
1990 - Member of Parliament, Saxony-Anhalt
1990 - Education policy spokesman, CDU, Saxony-Anhalt
1991 - Chairman, CDU, Saxony-Anhalt
1993 - Minister-President, Saxony-Anhalt
1995 - Deputy party leader, CDU, Saxony-Anhalt
1996 - Member, Executive Committee of the European People's Party
2005 - Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Interior Ministry
2006 - Federal Government Commissioner for Matters Related to Repatriates and National Minorities in Germany

The issue of immigration is a sensitive area of politics, both in the West and Russia, socially giving rise to xenophobic sentiments and even riots. How should those countries, facing demographic problems, deal with the issue? Our guest today is Dr. Christoph Bergner, the German Federal Government Commissioner for Matters Related to Repatriates and National Minorities