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German minister raises ire with comments on Islam

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German Interior minister Horst Seehofer has set off a political storm by declaring that Islam is “not part of Germany”. (AFP pic)
BERLIN: Chancellor Angela Merkel’s hardline new interior minister declared that Islam is “not part of Germany” in an interview published on Friday, setting off a political storm two days into her fourth term.

Asked by the top-selling Bild daily whether the influx of Muslim migrants and asylum seekers to Europe’s top economy meant that Islam now belonged to the fabric of the nation, Horst Seehofer replied “no”.

“Islam is not part of Germany. Christianity has shaped Germany including Sunday as a day of rest, church holidays, and rituals such as Easter, Pentecost, and Christmas,” he said.

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