Muslims in Germany have close ties to society and state — Bertelsmann Stiftung’s latest study

***** Read in Deutsch Studie: Muslime in Deutschland mit Staat und Gesellschaft eng verbunden — Bertelsmann Stiftung de Die hier lebenden Muslime orientieren sich in ihren Einstellungen und Lebensweisen stark an den Werten in der Bundesrepublik. Das allerdings nimmt die Mehrheitsbevölkerung kaum wahr. Sie steht dem Islam zunehmend ablehnend gegenüber. Für die hier lebenden Muslime…

SPD gründet muslimischen Arbeitskreis — Pro Medien Magazin de (In German)

Politik | 13.02.2014 Sigmar Gabriel und Aydan Özoğuz werden dabei sein, wenn der muslimische Arbeitskreis der SPD seine Arbeit am Freitag aufnimmtFoto: SPD Am Freitag nimmt der „Arbeitskreis Muslimischer Sozialdemokratinnen und Sozialdemokraten“ offiziell seine Arbeit auf. Damit ist die SPD die einzige Partei im Bundestag mit einem solchen Gremium auf nationaler Ebene. Christliche Arbeitskreise sind…

Young Muslims in Germany: Taking a Stand for Society — Claudia Mende on young, well-educated Muslim’s new network, called “Zahnräder” (Gear Wheels), which is engaged in bringing changes

The first network made up of engaged, young, well-educated Muslims has been active in Germany now for more than three years. The network, called “Zahnräder” (Gear Wheels), has brought together Muslims from various disciplines and interests, regardless of ethnic background or internal Islamic differences. By Claudia Mende They call themselves “changemakers” and “social entrepreneurs”. They…

(In German language) Neuer SWR Staatsvertrag Muslime erstmals im Rundfunkrat einer öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalt — MiGazin de

Der neue SWR Staatsvertrag räumt Muslimen einen festen Platz im Rundfunkrat ein. Ein Novum für eine öffentlich-rechtliche Anstalt. Zudem gibt der Sender bekannt, dass fast 20 Prozent der SWR-Mitarbeiter einen Migrationshintergrund haben. Etwas mehr als 19 Prozent aller Beschäftigten des Südwestrundfunks (SWR) haben einen Migrationshintergrund. Dieser Prozentsatz entspricht in etwa dem Anteil an der Bevölkerung…

Germany: “Muslim communities as participants in municipal life” — Migration and Integration, Goethe de

The dialog with Muslim communities is becoming increasingly important at all levels and across many areas of society. Especially at the municipal level, this requires short, direct paths of communication as well as professional and competent partners. With the project “Muslim communities as participants in municipal life”, the Goethe-Institut, in cooperation with the Robert Bosch…

German Protestant head says a European Islam needed for dialogue

November 23, 2010 Trier, Germany (ENInews). A European form of Islam needs to develop before a meaningful interfaith dialogue can take place on the continent, the new leader of Germany’s 24 million Protestants has said. “We are only at the beginning of a serious inter-religious discussion on a theologically high level and that is because…

Debate on Islam in Germany: Anxiety Sparked by Ignorance

Source: Qantara.de ***** Headscarf discussions, battles about newly built mosques and the Islam-critical best-seller by Thilo Sarrazin. At the same time that German Federal President Christian Wulff is declaring that Islam is part of Germany. But he has by no means been able to persuade the Germans to agree with him. The debate on Islam…

Germany: ‘Should Muslims Be Treated on an Equal Footing?’

Source: The Spiegel *****   dapd German President Christian Wulff with Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday. The recent statement by German President Christian Wulff that “Islam belongs in Germany” has provoked something of a conservative backlash. The German press is divided on whether the presence of Muslims in Germany is self-evident or cause for concern….

Merkel Speaks Out against Sarrazin:’When Turks Have Problems, I Am Their Chancellor, Too’

Source. Spiegel International ***** DDP “We are Germany”: Turkish-German protesters in Solingen attend a demonstration against German politician Thilo Sarrazin, whose new book has been blasted as racist. In an interview with a leading Turkish newspaper, German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday described anti-immigrant statements made by central bank board member Thilo Sarrazin as “absurd”…

Immigration Debate: Germany Needs More Foreigners

Source: Spiegel International ***** A Commentary by Reiner Klingholz Photo Gallery: 4 Photos DDP A new book by Thilo Sarrazin, a board member of Germany’s central bank, accusing immigrants of dragging down the country, has unleashed a new immigration debate. Yet neither side is addressing the real issue: Germany’s rapidly aging population. We don’t know…