Posted: Friday 01 Apr 2011
Last month, a mere five days after his appointment as the new German Federal Minister of the Interior, Dr Hans-Peter Friedrich has pronounced his views on Islam in Germany.
His verdict? The religion "doesn't belong" in Germany.
This bizarre statement was barely reported in the British press, but should have been. The remark is at the heart of whether or not Europe will be able to cope in a globalised world. The statement was directly relevant to the UK because Germany, like Britain, has a large non-white and Islamic population, one happy with its German identity. When the idea that Islam “doesn’t belong” is announced by a member of the German government, that sentiment is a potential problem for every Muslim not just in Germany, but in Britain and Europe more widely.