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Europe and Islam

Right-wing populists are celebrating success after success, the fear of Islam is growing and all Europe is discussing integration. Follow the debate with us.

The Sun - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 14. December 2010

Luton also has responsible citizens

The alleged perpetrator in the Stockholm bombings lived and studied in the city of Luton, north of London. Thankfully, the Muslim community there didn't want to have anything to do with him, notes the tabloid paper, The Sun: » more

Jyllands-Posten - Denmark | Tuesday, 14. December 2010

Muslims must fight Islamists

Following the suicide attack by alleged bomber Taimour Abdulwahab al-Abdaly in Stockholm, the liberal conservative daily Jyllands-Posten urges peace-loving Muslims to take a stand against Islamic extremists in Europe: » more

Weltwoche - Switzerland | Wednesday, 1. December 2010

Beda Stadler on Europe's non-Christian culture

The European 'guiding culture' is based more on Greek and Roman values and less on Christianity, writes Beda M. Stadler, a professor at the University of Bern, commenting in the weekly Die Weltwoche on the Sarrazin debate: » more

Die Presse - Austria | Monday, 29. November 2010

Swiss tighten laws on foreigners

Fifty-three percent of those who cast their ballots in a referendum on Sunday voted in favour of automatic expulsion for foreigners who commit crimes. The liberal conservative daily Die Presse writes that the referendum, an initiative of the right-wing populist Swiss People's Party (SVP), reveals a schizophrenic attitude on the part of the Swiss: » more

Politiken - Denmark | Friday, 26. November 2010

Discussion of foreigners in Denmark more liberal

Recent opinion polls show that an increasing number of Danes reject the government's plans for tighter laws concerning foreigners. Neither the conservative governing party's "point system" for foreigners nor the proposals of the leftist opposition are finding support among the country's population, comments the social-democratic daily Politiken with satisfaction: » more

Die Presse - Austria | Friday, 26. November 2010

Nationalists stir up hatred among Swiss

The Swiss are being asked to vote in a referendum next Sunday on an initiative to speed up the deportation of foreigners who have committed criminal offences. The "expulsion initiative" was conceived by the right-wing nationalist Swiss People's Party (SVP). The liberal-conservative daily Die Presse believes, however, that the referendum serves only to stir up hatred since it is not legally enforceable: » more

To Vima Online - Greece | Thursday, 18. November 2010

Athens finally needs a mosque

Athens is the only European capital where there is no official mosque. Thousands of Muslims therefore celebrated the Islamic sacrificial festival in the open air on Tuesday. The left-liberal daily To Vima criticises the long drawn-out discussion about building a mosque and the hypocritical position of the state: » more

De Telegraaf - Netherlands | Tuesday, 16. November 2010

Wilders' party confirms prejudices

The right-wing populist Geert Wilders has decided that Eric Lucassen, a member of parliament for his Party for Freedom (PVV) who has been previously convicted for a sex offence, may remain a member of his faction. This means the minority government can maintain a majority thanks to the supported of the PVV. But the decision is wrong, writes the tabloid De Telegraaf: » more

Upsala Nya Tidning - Sweden | Wednesday, 10. November 2010

Anti-Muslim sentiment akin to persecution of Jews

The pogroms against Jews committed in Nazi Germany on November 9, 1938 are also commemorated in Sweden. The liberal daily Upsala Nya Tidning draws parallels ... » more

Göteborgs-Posten - Sweden | Friday, 5. November 2010

Sweden must facilitate integration

Rather than worrying too much about youth unemployment Sweden should be thinking about who is going to do the work when almost half the workforce retires in the coming years, the daily Göteborgs-Posten writes, calling for fewer barriers to integration for foreigners: » more

Berlingske - Denmark | Tuesday, 26. October 2010

Denmark fights for values and integration

Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen on Tuesday revealed details of a new "value policy" which includes the partial tearing down of immigrant ghettos. For the right-wing liberal daily Berlingske Tidende Rasmussen is on the right track: » more

Kurier - Austria | Monday, 25. October 2010

Helmut Brandstätter on identity, integration and patriotism

In order to have a sensible debate on integration one must properly define the goal of that integration, in other words those things that can promote identity, writes Helmut Brandstätter in the daily Kurier and proposes a contemporary form of patriotism: » more

Libération - France | Tuesday, 26. October 2010

France's banlieues turning into ghettos

Five years after massive riots shook the French suburbs, sociologist Didier Lapeyronnie looks at the situation in these troubled neighbourhoods in the left-liberal daily Libération: » more

Delo - Slovenia | Monday, 25. October 2010

Slovenian mayor's skin colour irrelevant

For the first time in Slovenia's history a black mayor was elected on Sunday. The Ghanaian-born doctor Peter Bossman took the day in the run-off vote in the coastal city of Piran. The daily Delo complains that media coverage focused solely on Bossman's skin colour: » more

Die Zeit - Germany | Friday, 22. October 2010

Matthias Krupa on the erosion of the political order

Whether the issue is integration or the railway station project Stuttgart 21, public debate in Germany has a hectic, disruptive side to it, writes Matthias Krupa in the liberal weekly paper Die Zeit: » more

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | Wednesday, 20. October 2010

Wulff shows his mettle as integration president

The German President Christian Wulff has delivered a speech to the Turkish parliament, calling migrants in Germany an enrichment and defending the rights of the Christian minority in Turkey. The leftist daily die tageszeitung is full of praise: » more

Blog Del alfiler al elefante - Spain | Wednesday, 20. October 2010

Lluís Bassets on multicultural Europe as a fact

Europe's multiculturalism is already a reality that should be accepted rather than polemicized, writes Lluís Bassets in his blog Del Alfiler al Elefante: » more

Sme - Slovakia | Tuesday, 19. October 2010

Petr Morvay on the end of the multiculti illusion

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's statements about the failure of the multicultural approach are valid not only for Germany but for Europe as a whole, argues Petr Morvay in the liberal daily Sme: » more

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Tuesday, 19. October 2010

Point system instead of polemic against immigrants

In the midst of the current integration debate the German Economics Minister Rainer Brüderle has proposed introducing a point system for immigrants. The conservative daily Frankfurt Allgemeine Zeitung believes such a system could facilitate the influx of skilled workers: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Sunday, 17. October 2010

Eric Gujer on the mistakes of the right-wing populists

Islamophobia is on the rise in Europe but the agitators are making grave mistakes, writes columnist Eric Gujer in the conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung: » more

Trouw - Netherlands | Monday, 18. October 2010

Talk about values

Social values should play a key role in the debate about integration in Germany, the daily Trouw writes: » more

Pravda - Slovakia | Monday, 18. October 2010

Open debate urgently needed

The issue of cohabitation with immigrants must be addressed urgently, writes the left-leaning daily Pravda with an eye to events in Germany: » more

The Independent - United Kingdom | Monday, 18. October 2010

Germany joins its neighbours

The liberal daily The Independent sees a Europe-wide trend behind German Chancellor Angela Merkel's statement that integration has failed in Germany: » more

Dziennik Gazeta Prawna - Poland | Monday, 18. October 2010

Lenience not good for integration

Despite tougher conditions for immigrants in the US, integration is more successful there than in Germany, writes the daily Dziennik Gazeta Prawna: » more

Lapin Kansa - Finland | Thursday, 14. October 2010

Keijo Korhonen on Europe's failed immigration policy

The current integration debates in many European countries are the price that must be paid for a misguided policy, writes the US-based political scientist Keijo Korhonen in the daily Lapin Kansa: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Tuesday, 12. October 2010

Immigration is the issue

The success of the right-wing populist Freedom Party (FPÖ) in Vienna's city council and provincial parliament elections clearly shows that immigration is the most important subject on the political agenda, writes the liberal daily Der Standard: » more

Bild - Germany | Monday, 11. October 2010

Seehofer errs with call for immigration stop

Horst Seehofer, leader of Germany's co-governing CSU party based in Bavaria, called last Friday for an immigration stop for Arabs and Turks. A silly move, writes the tabloid Bild: » more

Sme - Slovakia | Friday, 8. October 2010

Germany's Islam debate warning for Slovakia

Slovakians are currently discussing plans to build a mosque in Bratislava. The liberal daily Sme compares the Slovakian discussion about Islam as an integral part of Western society with the debate in Germany: » more

Blog Del alfiler al elefante - Spain | Thursday, 7. October 2010

Lluís Bassets on the Dutch dilemma with Islam

The new Dutch government coalition made up of Christian Democrats and right-wing liberals is dependent on the backing of Geert Wilders' anti-Islamic Party for Freedom. In his blog Del Alfiler al Elefante Lluís Bassets points to how this creates a central dilemma in the country's political debate: » more

Dnevnik - Slovenia | Wednesday, 6. October 2010

Black mayoral candidate challenges Slovenia

For the first time in the history of Slovenia a black person is running for the office of mayor in the local elections on Sunday. Peter Bossman, a physician, is in the race to become mayor of the coastal city of Piran. This is a great opportunity for Slovenia, writes the left-liberal daily Dnevnik: » more

Hospodárske noviny - Slovakia | Tuesday, 5. October 2010

Wilders capitalises on economic crisis

The Dutch right-wing populist Geert Wilders has been on trial since Monday in Amsterdam, accused of inciting racism and discrimination against Muslims. The business newspaper Hospodářské noviny examines the reasons behind the current success of right-wing populists: » more

The Sunday Times - United Kingdom | Monday, 4. October 2010

Minette Marrin on how multiculturalism promotes racism

The decades-long quest for multiculturalism in the UK has strengthened rather than weakened racism in the country, writes Minette Marrin in the conservative paper The Sunday Times: » more

Trouw - Netherlands | Friday, 1. October 2010

Wilders quashes conciliatory gesture

In the Netherlands the designated prime minister Mark Rutte of the centre-right liberal VVD party and the Christian Democrat Maxime Verhagen of the CDA have presented the programme of their minority government, which Geert Wilders has pledged to support. But the right-wing populist is already giving evidence of his destructive power on this issue, writes the daily Trouw: » more

Jyllands-Posten - Denmark | Thursday, 30. September 2010

On freedom of opinion five years after the Muhammad cartoons

Five years ago today the Danish daily Jyllands-Posten published twelve Muhammad cartoons that sparked huge waves of protest in the Muslim world. Today the right-wing liberal paper asks what attitude one should have in the face of increasingly multicultural societies and globalised information networks: » more

Dnevnik - Slovenia | Thursday, 23. September 2010

Right-wing populism en vogue

Politicians blame foreigners for everything when Europe is in crisis, writes the left-leaning daily Dnevnik with an eye to the success of right-wing populists in Sweden and elsewhere: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Thursday, 23. September 2010

Jacques Le Goff on Europe's capacity for integration

Commenting on France's deportations of Roma in the left-liberal daily La Repubblica, French historian Jacques Le Goff urges dialogue, pointing to Europe's common roots: » more

Ta Nea - Greece | Tuesday, 21. September 2010

Battle among immigrants in Greece

Albanian immigrants who have been living in Greece for several years frequently make racist comments about Asian immigrants, and there are suspicions that Albanians were recently involved in racist attacks against Afghan refugees in Athens. The Albanian columnist Gazmend Kaplani examines the reasons behind this attitude in the left-liberal daily Ta Nea: » more

Berlingske - Denmark | Monday, 20. September 2010

Debate on integration lacking

The entry of the right-wing populist Sweden Democrats in the Swedish parliament, or Riksdag, has to do with the lacking discussion over integration: » more

Jornal de Negócios - Portugal | Wednesday, 8. September 2010

Sarrazin affair highlights Germany's integration problems

The ideas put forward by Bundesbank board member Thilo Sarrazin display intellectual vanity and moral dishonour in the opinion of business paper Jornal de Negócios, but it notes that they nonetheless raise important issues: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Thursday, 9. September 2010

Integration in Germany will take time

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière on Wednesday presented the government's new integration programme. But integration cannot be imposed from above, the daily Der Standard writes: » more

Népszabadság - Hungary | Tuesday, 7. September 2010

Sarrazin a master of provocation

The left-liberal daily Népszabadság writes that with his ideas about Muslim immigrants, German Bundesbank board member Thilo Sarrazin is articulating fears widely prevalent in Germany and Europe: » more

Financial Times Deutschland - Germany | Friday, 3. September 2010

Bundesbank coerced into sacking Sarrazin

Controversial author Thilo Sarrazin is being forced to resign his post at Germany's federal bank, with the Bundesbank board naming a lack of political moderation as the reason. The liberal daily Financial Times Deutschland writes that although the Bundesbank's decision to part with its besieged board member is absolutely correct, it has been left looking like a puppet in the hands of German politics: » more

NRC next - Netherlands | Thursday, 2. September 2010

Bas Heijne calls for catchy language against populists

Right-wing populists are gaining ground in the US, France, the Netherlands and now in Germany, writes columnist Bas Heijne in the daily He sees a growing divide between uncertain, angry citizens on the one hand and a new enlightened elite on the other: » more

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | Thursday, 2. September 2010

Markus Linden on how populism promotes democracy

The new book by German Federal bank board member Thilo Sarrazin is being rejected by the established media, which describe it as Islamophobic and populist. Markus Linden sees the perception of populism as an exclusively negative phenomenon as mistaken and writes the following in the left-wing daily die tageszeitung: » more

Financial Times Deutschland - Germany | Tuesday, 31. August 2010

Sarrazin harms the Bundesbank's reputation

The anti-Islamic statements of Bundesbank board member Thilo Sarrazin are having a negative effect on the bank's image, writes the liberal daily Financial Times Deutschland: » more

Público - Spain | Tuesday, 31. August 2010

Alfonso Egea de Haro calls for pan-European immigration policy

The European Union must define a clear approach regarding migration and citizenship otherwise individual member states will introduce their own stricter immigration policies, political scientist Alfonso Egea de Haro writes in the leftist daily Público: » more

Berlingske - Denmark | Tuesday, 31. August 2010

Europe needs a debate on immigration

In the run-up to Sweden's parliamentary elections on September 19 the Swedish television station TV4 prevented the right-wing populist Sweden Democrats from broadcasting a campaign spot with anti-Islamic content. The conservative daily Berlingske Tidende sees this as symptomatic for a suppressed yet long-overdue debate on immigration: » more

La Stampa - Italy | Tuesday, 31. August 2010

Germany's dark side

The anti-Islam book by Thilo Sarrazin, a prominent member of Germany's Social Democratic Party, sheds light on a dark side of Germany which must not be kept concealed, writes the liberal daily La Stampa: » more

Kurier - Austria | Monday, 30. August 2010

Hurtful provocation

The criticism of Germany's integration policy may be justified, writes the daily Der Kurier, but it shouldn't be expressed in such an offensive way as in the book by German Bundesbank board member Thilo Sarrazin: » more

Die Achse des Guten - Germany | Sunday, 29. August 2010

Sarrazin's theories on the de-Europeanisation of Germany

Bundesbank board member Thilo Sarrazin will present his controversial book Deutschland schafft sich ab (Germany abolishes itself) today. According to Sarrazin Germany is being dumbed down due to the higher birth rate among the lower classes and generally poorly qualified Muslim migrants than among academics. An important contribution to the debate on immigration, writes Richard Wagner in the blog Achse des Guten: » more

Le Jeudi - Luxembourg | Thursday, 26. August 2010

Luxembourg not an open society

People of many different nationalities live in Luxembourg, but not together, which makes it hard to talk about Luxembourg society at all, the weekly Le Jeudi writes: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Friday, 27. August 2010

German Social Democrat hits out at Muslims

The new book Deutschland schafft sich ab (Germany abolishes itself) by Thilo Sarrazin, member of the Bundesbank board and SPD politician, has made headlines. The daily Der Standard is critical particularly of its depiction of Muslim immigrants: » more

Le Monde - France | Tuesday, 24. August 2010

Ayaan Hirsi Ali praises the model of the clash of cultures

US political scientist Samuel P. Huntington's idea of the clash of cultures allows a better understanding of today's world, writes the former Dutch member of parliament and Islam critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali in the daily Le Monde: » more

România Liberâ - Romania | Friday, 20. August 2010

Romania's fit of multiculturalism hampers integration

France began on Thursday with the deportation of Roma to Romania. The conservative daily România Liberă examines the reasons for their failed integration in Romania: » more

The Sun - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 14. December 2010

Luton also has responsible citizens

The alleged perpetrator in the Stockholm bombings lived and studied in the city of Luton, north of London. Thankfully, the Muslim community there didn't want to have anything to do with him, notes the tabloid paper, The Sun: » more

Jyllands-Posten - Denmark | Tuesday, 14. December 2010

Muslims must fight Islamists

Following the suicide attack by alleged bomber Taimour Abdulwahab al-Abdaly in Stockholm, the liberal conservative daily Jyllands-Posten urges peace-loving Muslims to take a stand against Islamic extremists in Europe: » more


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