Underlining the fact that Islam has become a part of Germany, the Council of Culture has published a dossier called “Islam, Culture, Politics” on how Islam is practiced and set into context in Germany. After the debates of the past months, which had been dominated by the condescending remarks of Thilo Sarrazin, publisher Olaf Zimmermann wanted to step back an provide a more nuanced view of Islam, its culture and politics. The document will be distributed at parliament, Church academies, public libraries, and also at mosques. The dossier does not only want to write about Muslims, but also incorporates public figures of the Muslim population, such as the Central Council’s chairman Aiman Mazyek, who participated in the publication (Frankfurter Rundschau).
Citing security concerns, Germany has reversed a decision to take in nine Chinese detained at Guantanamo Bay.The US is trying to find homes for the detainees as it shuts down the controversial prison. But Germany’s interior minister Wolfgang Schaeuble told a newspaper the US has not provided adequate information on the prisoners, AFP reported. Officials in some German federal states also made U-turns and now oppose the inmates’ resettlement, AFP reported. The interior minister of Bavaria, Joachim Herrmann, said “no” to the move as he told German media Bild that security intelligence showed seven of the nine Uygurs – Muslims from Northwest China’s Xinjiang autonomous region – had received training from the East Turkestan Islamic Movement and had contacts with militant Islamist organisations.
“We have no interest in exposing ourselves to additional risk,” Holger Hoevelmann, interior minister of Germany’s Saxony-Anhalt state, told the Frankfurter Rundschau daily newspaper.
US President Barack Obama has been lobbying allies in Europe and elsewhere to resettle the Guantanamo detainees, who the US claim pose no security threat but can’t return to their home countries.