Luton Airport is "one of the main places for processing the thousands of poorly-paid, poorly-housed East and Central European Gastarbeiter
, those who largely constructed the 'New Britain' promised by the now defunct New Labour movement" (xi) while the City of London becomes the "neurotically protected undead capital of undead financial capitalism.
From the cinematic representations of the titanic and bloody struggles of World War II to various efforts at reconciliation, the Gastarbeiter
phenomenon, Adriatic tourism, Yugoslavia as no-man's-land straddling "the Wall," and finally the post-1991 wave of NGOs in Belgrade, Sarajevo, and Zagreb, Vegel paints a portrait of the two countries as mutually dependent, at least in terms of self-image.
travels from Sicily to Germany as a Gastarbeiter
in the latter.
In the summer of 2005, Romanian authorities thus confiscated the passports of several thousand Romanian Gastarbeiter
who had returned to the country for vacation, penalizing them for having overstayed the legal three month period of their tourist visas (25).
9) The era of the Gastarbeiter
seems to have drawn to a close; as Angela Merkel pointed out (rightly or wrongly), multiculturalism did not work in Germany.
She is still a Gastarbeiter
, a guest worker, no matter what.
This means that they are equal and have rights and duties, like citizens do; they are not only guests or Gastarbeiter
With inter-communal relations worsening in the north, it is abundantly clear that the settlers are possibly less integrated with Cypriot there than the Turkish Gastarbeiter
are with Germans in Germany.
To keep it going, Germany, with no noteworthy former colonies, attracted guest workers, Gastarbeiter
, from Southern Europe and Turkey.
are still, two generations later, not seen as fully German.
Are they only gastarbeiter
or can they become immigrants with the hope of citizenship and equal rights?
The patristic metaphor of the "celibate Bridegroom" might by these standards seem a failure, an unhelpful Gastarbeiter
who should be denied entry: aside from its ornamental function, it appears on the surface to obscure rather than to clarify.