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Islam polarising Europe


The attackers in Paris invoked Allah and the prophet in their attack on Charlie Hebdo. Across Europe, by contrast, Muslims are stressing the peaceable character of their religion and mourning the victims. Is Islam the cause or the victim of terrorist attacks?



Le Temps - Switzerland | Monday, 14. December 2015

Imams teach love, not terrorism

The chairman of the Swiss association Vigilance Islam, which combats what it sees as the Islamisation of Europe, has accused imams of preaching an undemocratic ideology to their congregations. The director of the Islamic Centre of Geneva, Hani Ramadan, rebuts this idea in the liberal daily Le Temps: » more


Népszabadság - Hungary | Thursday, 3. December 2015

Islam has always been part of Europe

There is a widespread misconception in Europe that Islam is foreign to European culture, historian Ádám Paár writes in the centre-left daily Népszabadság, pointing to Islamic roots on the continent that stretch back more than one thousand years: » more


Trouw - Netherlands | Wednesday, 2. December 2015

The Netherlands losing its nerve over Salafists

The Dutch government wants to review a ban of Salafist organisations in the country. A needless overreaction in the fight against terror, the Christian-social daily Trouw warns: » more


Slobodna Dalmacija - Croatia | Tuesday, 24. November 2015

Only Muslims become terrorists nowadays

Those who explain terrorism as the result of failed integration are ignoring the facts, the liberal daily Slobodna Dalmacija argues: » more


The Times - United Kingdom | Sunday, 22. November 2015

Matt Ridley on the jihadists' last desperate acts

Acts of terror like the one in Paris ten days ago are an act of desperation on the part of religious fundamentalists who see Islam losing ground even in the Middle East, columnist Matt Ridley writes in the conservative daily The Times: » more


Heti Válasz - Hungary | Thursday, 19. November 2015

Islam can also incite people to murder

According to the latest Global Terrorism Index the number of deaths as a result of terrorism rose 80 percent last year, reaching its highest level ever. The radical Islamist organisations IS and Boko Haram were responsible for around half of the victims. For the conservative weekly Heti Válasz this points to a direct connection between Islam and terrorism: » more


El País - Spain | Sunday, 28. June 2015

For Moisés Naím the Islamist terror is not a clash of civilisations

Those who felt reminded of Samuel Huntington's thesis of a clash of Western and Muslim civilisations after the terrorist attacks in Tunisia and France on Friday are forgetting the facts, Moisés Naím, editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy magazine, comments in the centre-left daily El País: » more


Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Wednesday, 29. April 2015

West must help Islam to reform

The Somali-born women's rights activist and Islam critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali is currently in Sweden presenting her book Heretic: » more


Kaleva - Finland | Sunday, 8. March 2015

Finns finally get to know the Koran

The Finnish public broadcaster Yle started a series of programmes on the Koran on Saturday. In 60 radio episodes the work will be read out in its entire length and explained by experts. There have been isolated protests in the run-up to the broadcasts, which the liberal daily Kaleva can't understand: » more


Jyllands-Posten - Denmark | Sunday, 8. March 2015

Muhammad cartoons belong in schoolbooks

Denmark is currently debating whether the Muhammad cartoons should be included in the country's schoolbooks. For the liberal-conservative daily Jyllands-Posten, which published the cartoons in 2005, yes is the only answer: » more


Main focus of Thursday, 26. February 2015

New rules for Austria's Muslims

The Austrian parliament on Wednesday passed reforms to its Islam law, redefining the rights and obligations of Muslims living in the country. Among other things ... » more


Público - Portugal | Thursday, 26. February 2015

Not an effective response to radicalism

The ban on foreign financing for Muslim associations and mosques contravenes the equality of religions before the law and could prove counter-productive in the fight against Muslim radicalism, the liberal daily Público worries: » more


Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Thursday, 26. February 2015

Austria aiming for a local form of Islam

Austria is right to call on its Muslims to establish their own brand of Islam, the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung claims: » more


Der Standard - Austria | Thursday, 26. February 2015

Vienna casts suspicion on all Muslims

The law fans prejudices and looks more like a security measure, the left-liberal daily Der Standard criticises: » more


La Croix - France | Wednesday, 25. February 2015

Hollande must reconcile Jews and Muslims

The heads of France's Jewish association CRIF and the French Council of Muslim Faith set aside their differences at a joint reception on Tuesday in the Elysée Palace. They had fallen out after the head of the Jewish umbrella organisation blamed young Muslims for anti-Semitic acts of violence. The Catholic daily La Croix calls on President François Hollande to do even more for inter-faith reconciliation: » more


Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung - Germany | Monday, 2. February 2015

Mehmet Ata's approach to a German Islam

As part of the discussion about Angela Merkel's statement in early January that Islam belongs to Germany, Mehmet Ata lists theses for a German Islam in the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung: » more


La Repubblica - Italy | Friday, 23. January 2015

For Ian McEwan free speech is the protector of religion

Freedom of speech as an indispensable cornerstone of the open society also protects religion, writes British author Ian McEwan in the left-liberal daily La Repubblica: » more


La Repubblica - Italy | Thursday, 22. January 2015

For Vito Mancuso Islam needs a reformation

The danger of totalitarianism in Islam could be prevented with a reformation, theologian Vito Mancuso writes in the left-liberal daily La Repubblica: » more


Main focus of Wednesday, 21. January 2015

EU discusses counter-terror strategies

The sharing of air passenger data, cooperation among intelligence services, stripping suspected jihadists of their passports: » more


Népszabadság - Hungary | Sunday, 18. January 2015

Merkel's stance on Islam exemplary

The left-liberal daily Népszabadság welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel's statement that Islam is part of German society. In these times of fear of terrorism and anti-Islam propaganda she is the voice of reason, the newspaper applauds: » more


The Jordan Times - Jordan | Wednesday, 14. January 2015

Global perspectives: Europe's distorted view of Islam provoces Arab world

An undiscerning media debate on Islam and the publication of more Muhammad cartoons constitute an unnecessary provocation for the Arab world, the independent daily The Jordan Times admonishes: » more


Main focus of Wednesday, 14. January 2015

Charlie Hebdo publishes on

One week after the attack on Charlie Hebdo, the new issue of the satirical weekly came out today, Wednesday, with a record run of three ... » more


Kapital - Bulgaria | Friday, 9. January 2015

Bolster secret service and moderate Muslims

Bulgaria is practically defenceless against terrorist attacks like that in Paris, the weekly Kapital comments and sees urgent need for action: » more


Radikal - Turkey | Wednesday, 14. January 2015

Murat Yetkin sees secularism as the alternative to radical Islam

Only the strict separation of state and religion can help against Islamist terror, columnist Murat Yetkin writes in the liberal daily Radikal: » more


Berliner Zeitung - Germany | Wednesday, 14. January 2015

Germany joins forces with its Muslims

Some 10,000 people took part in a demonstration against Islamist terror and for interfaith understanding and tolerance in Berlin on Tuesday. The terrorist attacks in Paris have united German society instead of dividing it, the left-liberal daily Berliner Zeitung comments approvingly: » more


Adevârul - Romania | Wednesday, 14. January 2015

EU states will push for data exchange

After last week's terrorist attacks in Paris Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi called for a joint EU intelligence service. Each country does its own thing when it comes to security, the daily Adevărul criticises: » more


Libération - France | Wednesday, 14. January 2015

True Islam a religion of brotherhood

The left-liberal daily Libération, in whose offices the new issue of Charlie Hebdo was produced, also praises the satirical weekly's cover: » more


The Independent - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 13. January 2015

Lack of respect still prevails

With their latest edition the team of Charlie Hebdo unfortunately once again disregards the feelings of Muslims, the left-liberal daily The Independent criticises: » more




Le Vif / L'Express - Belgium | Monday, 12. January 2015

Western society also full of violence

The rallies in which millions of people have demonstrated against terror cannot hide the fact that Western society is also marked by violence and barbarity, the weekly magazine Le Vif/L'Express writes: » more


Blog David McWilliams - Ireland | Monday, 12. January 2015

Immigration only benefits the rich

Roughly 25,000 supporters of the Islamophobic Pegida movement demonstrated in Dresden on Monday. From an economic perspective it's understandable that many citizens in Europe are against immigration, economist David McWilliams writes on his blog: » more


Taraf - Turkey | Tuesday, 13. January 2015

Islam provides sanctuary to losers

The poor image Islam has in the West is justified to the extent that an enlightened approach to it frequently seems to be lacking, the liberal daily Taraf criticises: » more


Le Monde - France | Tuesday, 13. January 2015

Fight radicalisation in prisons

France must not react to the terrorist attacks with repression and surveillance as the US did after 9/11, the left-liberal daily Le Monde warns: » more


Daily News Egypt - Egypt | Monday, 12. January 2015

Global perspectives: West's double standards on Islamism

Europe's governments are acting hypocritically when they condemn the terror in Paris on the one hand yet support repressive regimes on the other, the Egyptian paper Daily News Egypt admonishes: » more


Sabah - Turkey | Monday, 12. January 2015

Crossroads between Islamophobia and openness

European politicians must be careful not to fuel the widespread Islamophobia after the terrorist attacks in Paris, the pro-government daily Sabah warns: » more


Libération - France | Monday, 12. January 2015

The republic is back on its feet

Almost four million people demonstrated across France in support of the victims of the Paris attacks on Sunday. For the left-liberal daily Libération, the rallies were a milestone in the history of democracy: » more


Ziare - Romania | Sunday, 11. January 2015

The fight against Islamism begins in Syria

After the rallies in support of the victims of the terror attacks in Paris, the heads of state and government must come up with a strategy for combating Islamism, the web portal Ziare urges: » more


The Press Project - Greece | Sunday, 11. January 2015

The brutal result of class war

The attacks in Paris and the reactions of Europe's politicians are not part of a battle over values between Europe and the Muslim world. Rather they mark the start of a new phase in the international class struggle, the web portal The Press Project argues: » more


Corriere del Ticino - Switzerland | Monday, 12. January 2015

"Je suis Charlie" slogan too restrictive

Je suis Charlie, the slogan adopted by millions of people in support of the victims of the Paris attacks, only results in further exclusion, the liberal daily Corriere del Ticino writes: » more


Berliner Zeitung - Germany | Friday, 9. January 2015

Extremists united in hatred of media

The deputy chairman of the right-wing populist AfD party, Alexander Gauland, said after the attack in Paris that it showed that all those who have ignored the people's fears of Islam were liars. Never before have Islamists and Islamophobics been so close to each other, the left-liberal daily Berliner Zeitung comments: » more


Galamus - Hungary | Thursday, 8. January 2015

Allah would punish attackers without mercy

Allah would punish the murdering jihadists without mercy if he were alive, sociologist Ferenc Krémer writes on the left-liberal opinion portal Galamus: » more


Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Friday, 9. January 2015

Le Pen hindering national unity in France

On the day after the attack on Charlie Hebdo, France's President François Hollande welcomed his rival Nicolas Sarkozy to the Elysée Palace in a gesture aimed at strengthening the country's unity. But that won't be easy, the left-liberal daily Tages-Anzeiger contends: » more


Sözcü - Turkey | Friday, 9. January 2015

Muslim world has created terror

The attack in Paris is yet another example of the atrocities Muslims are capable of committing, the Kemalist daily Sözcü writes in anger: » more


Le Monde - France | Thursday, 8. January 2015

Declaration of war on modern Islam

The brutal attack on the editorial offices of Charlie Hebdo was also aimed at Islam, the Paris-based Moroccan author Tahar Ben Jelloun writes in the left-liberal daily Le Monde: » more


Kurier - Austria | Thursday, 8. January 2015

Europe's Muslims must resist

Europe's Muslims must reject violence and show more tolerance after the attack in Paris, the daily Kurier urges: » more


Dennik N - Slovakia | Thursday, 8. January 2015

Don't follow anti-Islam preachers now

The Paris attack could be grist to the mill of those who preach hatred of Islam, the independent daily Dennik N fears: » more


De Standaard - Belgium | Thursday, 8. January 2015

Jokes must not be silenced by the attack

Europe must address the causes for the radicalisation of Muslims but it must not abandon satire in the process, the liberal daily De Standaard writes after the attack on Charlie Hebdo: » more


Corriere della Sera - Italy | Thursday, 8. January 2015

Criticising Islam is a right

During their attack on the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo the terrorists shouted "Allah is great" several times. In the way Islam presents itself it indeed poses a threat, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera writes: » more


Milliyet - Turkey | Thursday, 8. January 2015

Muhammad cartoons offend Muslims

Muslims find Muhammad cartoons like those published by Charlie Hebdo deeply offensive, the conservative daily Milliyet points out after the terrorist attack in Paris: » more


Le Figaro - France | Wednesday, 7. January 2015

War has reached France

With the attack on the editorial offices of Charlie Hebdo the war against terrorism in the Middle East and Africa has reached France, the conservative daily Le Figaro writes, stressing that France must strike back: » more


NRC next - Netherlands | Wednesday, 7. January 2015

Houllebecq's Islam novel hits a nerve

Michel Houellebecq's new novel Soumission (submission) about France under Islamic domination is not a real provocation, the liberal daily nrc.next writes: » more


Dnevnik - Slovenia | Wednesday, 7. January 2015

Merkel's foreign policy fuels Islamophobia

Germany must do more to understand why so many people support the Pegida movement, the left-liberal daily Dnevnik urges: » more


Der Standard - Austria | Tuesday, 23. December 2014

Essebi's double victory also entails risks

Tunisia's new President Beji Caid Essebsi should reach out to the defeated Islamists, the left-liberal daily Der Standard recommends: » more


Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Tuesday, 23. December 2014

Losers also accept democratic rules

On the evening of the election the leader of the Islamist Ennahda party, Rachid Ghannouchi, urged the party's defeated candidate Marzouki to accept the results of the vote. This sensible conduct is the real miracle of Tunisia, the liberal daily Il Sole 24 Ore comments: » more


Die Welt - Germany | Tuesday, 23. December 2014

Tunisia must not fail

Tunisia can be proud of its first freely elected president but it faces huge challenges, the conservative daily Die Welt comments: » more


Phileleftheros - Cyprus | Thursday, 18. December 2014

Politicians providing Pegida with fertile ground

The protests of the movement "Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the Occident" (Pegida) in Germany are gaining momentum. Their advance is also down to the fact that the politicians have ignored the topic of immigration for too long, contends the liberal daily Phileleftheros: » more


Blog Spiegelfechter - Germany | Wednesday, 17. December 2014

Politicians failed long before Pegida

German politicians are racking their brains to come up with an adequate response to the Pegida movement. But they themselves have been paving the way for the movement for years, Jörg Wellbrock complains in his blog Spiegelfechter: » more


Salzburger Nachrichten - Austria | Wednesday, 17. December 2014

Islam fails in fight against Taliban

Radical Islamist Taliban attacked a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday. More than 140 people died in the massacre. Moderate Islam leaders bear the responsibility for protecting their religious community from radicals, the conservative daily Salzburger Nachrichten comments: » more


La Croix - France | Monday, 22. December 2014

Not the time for anti-Islam paranoia in France

Several people were injured in attacks against police and pedestrians in Joué-lès-Tours and Dijon on the weekend. In both cases the alleged assailants called out "Allah is great". The investigators suspect one of the attackers was motivated by radical Islamism. Instead of panicking France should do more to help those who are excluded from society, the Catholic daily La Croix urges: » more


L'Obs - France | Sunday, 21. December 2014

Talk openly about Islamophobia

The French news broadcaster i-Télé announced on Friday that it would cancel the talk show Ça se dispute hosted by writer Eric Zemmour after he made anti-Islamic remarks in an interview. But even if Zemmour views immigration as a danger for the national identity he must not be excluded from public debate, historian Michel Franza argues in the left-leaning magazine L'Obs: » more


Jutarnji list - Croatia | Tuesday, 16. December 2014

Don't make suspects of all Muslims

Muslims all over the world must live with the stigma of being suspected of Islamist terror, the liberal daily Jutarnji List observes with concern: » more


Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | Tuesday, 16. December 2014

Islamist attacks possible everywhere

During the siege the hostage-taker held a black flag bearing Islamic symbols against a window. The events in Sydney highlight once again the urban world's sensitivity to Islamist terror, the left-liberal daily Frankfurter Rundschau comments: » more


Sme - Slovakia | Tuesday, 16. December 2014

Anti-Islam movement radicalising Germany

Some 15,000 people joined the protest march of the Pegida (Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the Occident) movement in Dresden on Monday, the largest number to date. The liberal daily Sme expresses concern: » more


Kurier - Austria | Tuesday, 16. December 2014

Only open society helps against terror

The calls for an open society are the only way to prevent terrorist attacks like that in Sydney, the liberal daily Kurier writes: » more


Eesti Päevaleht - Estonia | Thursday, 11. December 2014

Hatred of the West understandable

In view of what the report on CIA torture has brought to light we needn't be surprised that so many people are joining radical Islamist organisations, the liberal daily Eesti Päevaleht comments: » more


Milliyet - Turkey | Friday, 28. November 2014

Turkey can promote Islam during papal visit

Pope Francis will visit Turkey this weekend. The meeting between the head of the Catholic Church and Turkish President and devout Muslim Recep Tayip Erdoğan comes at just the right time, the conservative daily Milliyet writes in delight: » more


Kristeligt Dagbladet - Denmark | Tuesday, 25. November 2014

Don't play down Islam as a source of violence

Radical Islamist al-Shabaab militants have claimed responsibility for a bus attack In Kenya in which all 28 passengers who could not read from the Koran were killed. Reason enough for the Christian daily Kristeligt Dagblad to question certain assumptions in media reporting: » more


Zaman - Turkey | Thursday, 6. November 2014

Ali Bulaç on the IS's unmodern interpretation of Islam

The radical and misogynist rules of life imposed by the Islamic State in Mossul and other occupied cities only appear to follow the principles of the Koran, theologian and author Ali Bulaç writes in the conservative Islamic paper Zaman: » more


Radikal - Turkey | Tuesday, 4. November 2014

Oral Çalışlar criticises West's view of political Islam

Strong Islamic governments are a thorn in the side of the West, columnist Oral Çalışlar explains in the liberal daily Radikal: » more


Expressen - Sweden | Sunday, 19. October 2014

Islamophobia does not create extremists

Sweden's new minister of housing and urban development, Mehmet Kaplan, has come under massive fire for saying that Islamophobia is responsible for radicalising Muslims and causing them to join the IS terrorist militia. The liberal tabloid Expressen joins in the criticism: » more


Libération - France | Wednesday, 1. October 2014

IS turning Europe against its Muslims

One of the Islamic State's goals is also to isolate European Muslims and turn society against them, the left-liberal daily Libération suspects: » more

 

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