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Népszabadság - Hungary | Sunday, January 18, 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: "The chancellor's statement is notable in that she is not otherwise known for speaking frankly. ... But despite her notorious vacillating and procrastinating Merkel pursues a policy based on values. And for her the highest value is freedom. Given that she lived in the GDR for 35 years she knows why she thinks like this. A multi-coloured, open-minded Germany that has come to terms with its historical responsibility fits in with her image of freedom. ... She doesn't demand that anyone give up their identity. But she does expect people to respect the basic rules of coexistence in Germany. It's not about what religious or cultural background a person has but whether they accept liberal democracy."

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