Council of Europe Secretary General on Burqa Bans 'Europe Has Suffered Under Fundamentalism'

Is it right for governments to place bans on burqas or the construction of minarets? In a SPIEGEL ONLINE interview, Thorbjørn Jagland, secretary general of the Council of Europe, pleads for a more pragmantic societal approach. He also defends the decision of the Nobel Committee, which he also chairs, to bestow Barack Obama with the Peace Prize.
A woman wearing the niqab in Belgium: "There are bigger problems in society."

A woman wearing the niqab in Belgium: "There are bigger problems in society."

Foto: YVES HERMAN/ REUTERS
Interview conducted by Martin Doerry and Dietmar Hipp