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Germany’s Muslim leaders condemn AfD’s anti-Islam proposal

Heads of leading German Islamic groups have criticized the AfD’s proposed ban on minarets and burqas. Germany’s Islamic Council has even compared the far-right party with the NSDAP. “I think the AfD is playing with people’s fears,” Burhan Kesici, the head of the Islamic Council, told public broadcaster Deutschlandfunk. “We had a wave of refugees last year, we have a ...

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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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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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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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Migrant crisis: EU says Libya numbers alarming

The president of the European Council has warned Italy and Malta of large numbers of would-be migrants in Libya. Donald Tusk told MEPs that it would not be possible to apply the same approach used for the Balkans to unstable Libya. Italy’s coastguard says 4,000 people were rescued from the Mediterranean between Libya and Sicily on Monday and Tuesday. Meanwhile, ...

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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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Moroccan man becomes first person on trial in Germany for New Year’s Eve sex assaults 

A Moroccan man has appeared in court today to become the first person to go on trial over the wave of sex assaults in German cities on New Year’s Eve. The man, identified only as Toufik M, is alleged to have been among a group of 30 men who molested a woman. He was identified after a woman recognised his ...

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Vienna: Muslim migrant arrested for subjecting 13-year-old girl to 3-month sex ordeal

A Muslim in Austria has been arrested after he allegedly subjected a 13-year-old girl to a three-month sex abuse ordeal. The man, who is from Afghanistan, reportedly approached the teenager on social media at the beginning of the year. The suspect, who is in his mid-twenties, had been living in an asylum home in Hollabrunn where he had used a smartphone to ...

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Turkey ‘demands deletion’ of German video mocking Erdoğan

Ankara summons German envoy to explain song lampooning Turkish president, according to reports The Turkish government has reportedly ordered the deletion from the internet ofa German satirical video that pokes fun at President Recep Tayipp Erdoğan and condemns his human rights record. Germany’s ambassador to Turkey, Martin Erdmann, was summoned to the foreign ministry in Ankara last week, according to ...

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German Railway introduces women-only Segregated over ‘Muslims sex attacks’

The Regiobahn line will introduce the new carriages A German train operator has announced it is introducing women and children-only train carriages amid fears over sex attacks in the country. The Regiobahn line between Leipzig and Chemnitz will introduce the carriages to increase security for women. The carriages will be next to the train conductor in a bid to make ...

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