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Szlankó, Bálint

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Komment - Hungary | 24/09/2012

Mohammed would laugh over anti-Islam film

The anti-Islam film that has sparked a wave of violence in the Islamic world would merely have made the infinitely peaceable Prophet Mohammed laugh, the journalist Bálint Szlankó writes on the opinion portal Komment: "It's not true that Islam has no tradition of tolerance or freedom of opinion. It's just been covered over by the filth of the 20th century, the dirt of the dictators and radical politics. ... And what would Mohammed say? In the West the Prophet is considered an irascible figure, although in truth he was a peaceful man. In one of the stories about him a woman heaps rubbish on him every day. When she doesn't turn up one day, Mohammed goes in search of her to ask if everything's okay. And in the Koran we find this verse: 'And the servants of the Most Merciful are those who walk upon the earth easily, and when the ignorant address them [harshly], they say [words of] peace'. If Mohammed saw this film he'd just laugh."

Magyar Narancs - Hungary | 17/02/2006

EU services directive

Those who oppose the EU services directive are calling the very foundations of European integration into question, according to EU correspondent Balint Szlanko. "An embarassing, almost racist form of populism can be observed in this debate. Trade unions and politicians in France and other protectionist nations are fretting about their 35-hour work weeks and using the catchphrase 'social dumping' to stir up the fears of Eastern European companies offering cheaper services. The genuine risks to workers' rights, environmental standards and consumer protection are being grossly overestimated... The opponents of the EU services directive are barricading themselves against a united Europe in their frustration, and thereby weakening the entire European project. If they don't want companies and workers from other EU member states, perhaps it won't be long before they stop wanting the EU as a whole!"

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