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Most Germans are wary of anything that smacks of nationalism given their Nazi history but the concept of "Heimat"(homeland) is enjoying a renaissance driven by rising anxiety about migration and globalization. President Frank-Walter Steinmeier used the resonant word 18 times in marking the 27th anniversary of German reunification Tuesday, saying the nation needed honest dialogue about immigration after taking in over 1 million migrants since 2015 .Cem Ozdemir, head of the environmental Greens party, applauded Steinmeier for reclaiming the word from the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD), which emphasized nationalist and anti-immigrant themes to capture around 13 percent of the vote in the Sept. 24 national election.In his book, "German Me: The New Guiding Culture" published earlier this year, Saleh called for a more inclusive "common vision" for Germany and its 82 million people.His book is one of over a dozen published over the past year that explore German identity and the concept of homeland.
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