GERMAN SUPERMARKET MAKES A POINT ABOUT RACISM AND DIVERSITY [SIGN-2017:0824-01]
The Edeka store in Hamburg removed foreign-made products from its stock, replacing them with sign bearing anti-xenophobia slogans.
It is believed the move will be followed be a larger campaign from Edeka, the largest supermarket chain in Germany.
"So empty is a shelf without foreigners" // Picture: Sascha Müller/Sven Schmidt
Surprised shoppers entered the store to find that much of the normal selection was gone, demonstrating how reliant they are on other countries for everyday products.
Instead, they were greeted with signs saying: “This shelf is pretty boring without diversity.”
Other signs said: “Our range now knows borders”, "This is how empty a shelf is without foreigners" and "we will be poorer without diversity".
Immigration has been a key theme in German politics since the 2015 decision of the Chancellor, Angela Merkel, to allow more than a million migrants into the country, many refugees from war-torn Syria.
“Edeka stands for variety and diversity. In our stores we sell numerous foods which are produced in the various regions of Germany. But only together with products from other countries it is possible to create the unique variety, that our consumers value. We are pleased that our campaign caused so many positive reactions.” - company spokeswoman