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Germany’s AfD takes overt anti-Islam stance

Members of the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) have hardened their stance on Islam as they prepare for their upcoming party congress in Stuttgart. “Islam is not a religion like Catholic or Protestant Christianity, but rather always associated intellectually with the takeover of a state,” said AfD’s Brandenburg leader Alexander Gauland in an interview with the newspaper “Frankfurter Allgemeine ...

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Ex-chancellor Kohl : Europe can’t take in millions of migrants

© AFP/File | Former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt smokes a cigarette during a luncheon at the Axel Springer publishing house in Berlin, on September 29, 2010 Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl has warned that Europe can’t become “a new home” for millions of migrants, in a veiled criticism of incumbent Angela Merkel’s liberal asylum policies. His comments, published in Sunday’s ...

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Belgian minister says many Muslims ‘danced’ after attacks

Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambon said Saturday that a “significant” part of the Muslim population celebrated attacks, blaming the country’s policies for failing to integrate migrants into society. He did not explicitly refer to last month’s jihadist attacks on Brussels’ airport and metro system that killed 32 people “A significant section of the Muslim community danced when attacks took place,” ...

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Merkel allows inquiry into comic’s Erdogan insult

Germany will allow the potential prosecution of a top comedian after the Turkish president filed a complaint. Jan Boehmermann had recited a satirical poem on television which made sexual references to Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Under German law, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government had to approve a criminal inquiry. Mrs Merkel stressed that the courts would have the final word, and it ...

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Norway officials reject Muslim school in Oslo

A foundation that applied to establish a Muslim primary school in the Oslo district of Grønland was rejected by the Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training (Utdanningsdirektoratet), Kommunal Rapport reported. The Muslim organization behind the denied request is now considering an appeal to the Education Ministry “We have three weeks to decide what to do. We think it is about ...

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New law to punish migrants who fail to integrate

German Chancellor Angela Merkel‘s ruling coalition agreed Thursday on tough measures to spur the integration of migrants and refugees, including sanctions for failing to take part in programmes such as language classes. The deal, hammered out in six hours of late-night talks between Merkel‘s conservative Christian Union bloc and the Social Democrats (SPD), also included plans for new anti-terror legislation. “Now ...

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CSU head Scheuer calls for German in mosques

Senior German conservative politician Andreas Scheuer has said German must become the language of the country’s mosques and that foreign funding from Turkey and Saudi Arabia must stop. The general secretary of the CSU, sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU, said political Islam was undermining integration. His remarks came amid a German freedom-of-speech row involving Turkey. The Turkish president ...

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French PM calls for ban on Islamic headscarves at universities

Prime minister Manuel Valls talks with children next to Education minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem and Minister of State for Cities, Youth and Sports, Helene Geoffroy. Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images The French prime minister, Manuel Valls, has sparked controversy by suggesting the Muslim headscarf should be banned in universities and that a majority of French people think Islam is incompatible with the values ...

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29 German soldiers left to join ISIS

Germany’s Defense Ministry is proposing better screening of new army recruits over fears that Islamic State sympathizers could be joining up to get military training before returning to fight with the terrorists in Iraq and Syria. German counter-intelligence officials believe at least 29 former soldiers from the country have left to join the Islamic State and an internal report revealed ...

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Swedish Turkish leader resigns after “death to Armenians” speech

The deputy chair of Sweden’s main Turkish association has resigned after criticism of his speech at the weekend when he called for death to Armenians. Speaking to a crowd of a few dozen in central Stockholm Barbaros Leylani called for Turks to awake, and for death to what he called “the Armenian dogs”. The Armenian association in Sweden plans to ...

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