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Islam is part of Germany, says German Chancellor

PTI Berlin | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on September 27, 2012

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that Islam has become a part of Germany and she has urged her fellow citizens to show tolerance for Muslims.   -  PTI

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Islam has become a part of Germany and she is urging her fellow citizens to show tolerance for Muslims.

She told the members of her conservative Christian Democratic party yesterday that the great majority of Muslims in Germany have distanced themselves from the recent violence during protests against an anti-Islam video.

Merkel said about Islam that Germans “should be open about it and say, ‘yes, it’s part of us.’” She added that Christians should maybe start thinking and talking more about their own religion again “rather than having fear of Islam.”

Germany is home to an estimated 4 million Muslims.

Merkel’s comment follow former President Christian Wulff’s remarks who surprised many in 2010 by saying that “Islam now also belongs to Germany.”

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Published on September 27, 2012
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