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German Politician: Muslims Must Accept European Ideas


German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said Muslim migrants should embrace the European way of life if they want to live in Europe.

If Muslim migrants arrive in Europe and refuse to embrace European customs like liberalism and tolerance, then they have made "the wrong decision" Schaeuble said April 12 during a panel discussion in Berlin, according to Politico.

"There are better places in the world to live under Islamic law than Europe," he added.

In 2015, more than 1 million migrants from the Middle East and North Africa arrived in Germany, according to RT, which has caused political strain and prompted heavy criticism of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's "open door" immigration policy.

Schaeuble himself has been critical of the influx of refugees, many of whom practice Islam, calling it "a challenge for the open-mindedness of mainstream society."

However, the number of refugees seeking asylum in Germany has dropped.

"A situation like we had in the late summer of 2015 can, should and must not repeat itself," said Merkel, according to Al Jazeera.

And in 2016, the number of refugee seekers dropped by 600,000, according to the Independent.

Syrians, whose country has been ravaged by an ongoing civil war since 2011, made up the largest nationality seeking asylum in Germany.

The large number of people from the Middle East and North Africa in a short period of time has been blamed for a rising right-wing sentiment in Germany.

Right-wing political groups have been winning elections and gaining seats in the German government, according to RT.

And while there have been deadly terrorist attacks committed by Islamic terrorists in Germany, there has also been physical attacks against individual Muslims allegedly committed by right-wing neo-Nazis, according to the Independent.

The German government reported that an average of 10 attacks per day were committed against refugees, resulting in 560 injuries, including 43 children.

"Do people have to die before the right-wing violence is considered a central domestic security problem and makes it to the top of the national policy agenda?" said Ulla Jelpke, a politician for Germany’s democratic socialist Die Linke party.

Jelpke said the German government should "stop giving the impression through new tougher asylum laws that refugees are a threat."

She added: "Nazis are threatening refugees and therefore our democracy."

"There are structural problems in Germany with how it prevents and deals with hate crimes," said a spokesperson for Amnesty International. "We need to see better risk assessments, more protection at certain locations and prosecutions of these appalling racist crimes."

Sources: RT, Politico, Al Jazeera, Independent (2) / Photo Credit: Armin Kubelbeck/Wikimedia Commons

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