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Far-Right Rhetoric Germany's Very Own Minaret Debate Turns Nasty

A small Muslim community in a western German town would like to build a minaret on its mosque. But the plan has triggered passionate opposition from locals, many of whom rely on rhetoric from the extreme right in railing against the "symbol of Islam's quest for power."
5. Februar 2010, 13:53 Uhr

Fears of Eurabia How Much Allah Can the Old Continent Bear?

Switzerland's recent vote to ban the construction of new minarets has shocked and angered Muslims around the world. But the controversial move also reflects a growing sense of unease among other Europeans who have trouble coming to terms with Islam's increased visibility. Von SPIEGEL Staff
11. Dezember 2009, 18:46 Uhr

Riled by Minaret Ban Film Director Fatih Akin to Boycott Swiss Premiere

Leading Turkish-German director Fatih Akin has said he will boycott the Swiss premiere of his new film as a protest against Sunday's referendum vote to ban the construction of minarets in the country. He complained that the Swiss ban contradicted his belief in the "harmonious co-existence of peoples."
4. Dezember 2009, 18:11 Uhr

How the Right Is Wrong The Bizarre Logic Behind the Swiss Minaret Ban

Us against them. That is how Europe's right wing sees the Swiss ban on minarets. After all, so goes the logic, Christians in the Muslim world aren't doing any better. But the argument is the height of intellectual laziness. The two groups simply cannot be compared. Von Yassin Musharbash
3. Dezember 2009, 14:31 Uhr

The World from Berlin 'Germany Would Also Have Voted to Ban Minarets'

Switzerland's vote to ban minarets is a disaster for its image, write German commentators. The vote doesn't just reflect a fear of "Islamization" but also shows that setbacks in recent years have shaken its national self-confidence. But Germans would probably vote the same way, warn some observers.
30. November 2009, 13:12 Uhr

Anger Over Anti-Islamic Poster Why the Swiss Are Afraid of Minarets

A poster featuring a Muslim woman in a chador surrounded by minaret towers that resemble missiles is causing outrage in Switzerland ahead of a referendum next month on whether to ban mosques from having minarets. The campaign is proving so controversial that even some die-hard members of the country's far right are uncomfortable with it. Von Michael Soukup
13. Oktober 2009, 18:32 Uhr
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