About: Islam

Freedom of thought 06-07-2018

EU must get serious about tackling Islamophobia

The European Commission is appointing its new coordinator on anti-Muslim hatred. This is a key opportunity to re-assess this role and ensure the coordinator has a clear human rights based mandate and meaningful resources to tackle racism and discrimination against Muslim communities in Europe, which have been lacking so far.
Politics 08-06-2018

Austria to expel 60 imams with links to Turkey

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced on 8 June his plans to expel foreign-funded imams and shut down seven mosques to tackle “political Islam”. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.
Politics 07-12-2017

Europe’s new far-right should admit Muslim migrants can benefit the continent

At a time of challenge, Europe still has what some might think is a surprising ace up its sleeve – immigration, writes Maha Akeel.
Elections 29-09-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Germany is really two countries

Maybe revenge is best served cold. With 12.5% of the national vote, a largely East German constituency had put the first extreme right party into the Bundestag since 1945.
Elections 22-09-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Germany’s tolerance deficit

Asked to explain the AfD’s surge in the polls, Merkel offered a strictly economic analysis. The problem was that she was wrong.
Freedom of thought 22-09-2017

European Muslims feel part of Europe but when will European society reciprocate?

New data released this week show that Muslims in Europe face discrimination in all areas of life. We need to start shifting our perspective and promote inclusive narratives and practices with regard to Muslims' presence in Europe. Too often, they are seen as a ‘problem to manage’, writes Julie Pascoët.
Enlargement 01-09-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Erdogan is bad for everyone

He never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity. So went the Abba Eban-penned 1973 slogan used to describe the late PLO chief, Yasser Arafat, who was routinely blamed for failing to secure peace with Israel.
Freedom of thought 24-08-2017

Survey: Muslims well-integrated in Western Europe, but still face rejection

Muslims have come a long way towards integration into Western Europe, particularly in terms of language, education and work, but remain on the margins of everyday social acceptance, a study by the Bertelsmann Stiftung revealed on Thursday (24 August).
Freedom of thought 20-07-2017

European human rights court to rule on extremist online videos

Europe's top human rights court will rule on Thursday (19 July) whether online videos considered by a Belgian court to be Islamist hate speech should be allowed under free speech provisions.
Freedom of thought 12-07-2017

Top Europe court upholds ban on full-face veil in Belgium

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Tuesday (11 July) upheld a Belgian ban on wearing the full-face niqab veil in public, calling the restriction "necessary in a democratic society".
Elections 30-06-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Gay marriage and the German elections

Call it the Merkel tack. “For me, personally, marriage is a man and a woman living together. That is my concept, but I support civil partnerships,” she told YouTube vlogger Le Floid, AKA Florian Mundt, in July 2014.
Central Europe 27-04-2017

Syrian refugee in Romania: ISIS banned chemistry and biology

In recent years, the Syrian community in Romania grew due to the ongoing civil war. They say they like Romania. They have their school there. But still, the refugees wish to eventually return home, they told EURACTIV.ro.
Politics 24-03-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Terror and the Rome Declaration: Westminster and beyond

It’s as though Europe was at war. What kind of war, it’s hard to tell. On the one hand, there’s Russia and its hybrid conflicts in Ukraine, Georgia and just about everywhere else, in one form or another.
Enlargement 17-03-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Erdogan finds religion: Hailing Europe’s Islamic community

His focus on fascism was suspicious. What experience did Turks, in the Netherlands and Germany, have with the Third Reich that could compare with what other minority groups experienced during WWII?
Elections 14-03-2017

Dutch leaders clash in tense elections debate

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte clashed with his main rival anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders on Monday (13 March), as they laid out starkly opposing visions of their country's future in an election campaign now consumed by a diplomatic row with Turkey.
Languages & Culture 28-02-2017

Belgian mayor: ‘Discrimination and racism is anti-western’

Bart Somers is an anomaly: A well-liked Belgian mayor of international standing, who built his reputation on promoting diversity. Mechelen told EURACTIV Slovakia the secrets to his success, and why tolerance is a positive social value

Senior Arab diplomat derides EU migrant discourse

A distinguished Arab diplomat remarked that EU politicians and think tank representatives did not make use of keywords such as “Iraq” or “Islam” while discussing the Union’s relations with its neighbours and the refugee crisis for several hours.
Elections 24-02-2017

Trans-Europe Express: National Front Multiculturalism

Marine Le Pen in Lebanon? The idea is almost preposterous.
Elections 22-02-2017

Le Pen cancels meeting with Lebanon’s grand mufti over headscarf

French far-right National Front presidential candidate Marine Le Pen canceled a meeting on Tuesday (21 February) with Lebanon's grand mufti, its top cleric for Sunni Muslims, after refusing to wear a headscarf for the encounter.
Global Europe 14-02-2017

Farage disparages Muslim immigration, says Europeans agree

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage expressed anger at the European Union in a heated debate this morning (14 February). Farage stated that leaders are ignoring the true wishes of Europeans.
Protest against Trump policy in Brussels
Global Europe 30-01-2017

Muslim ban protest in Brussels

A diverse crowd gathered in the freezing rain on Monday afternoon (30 January) at the Bourse, the Brussels Stock Exchange, to protest US President Trump’s Muslim ban.
10-01-2017

European court: Swiss Muslim girls must take swimming classes with boys

Muslim parents in Switzerland cannot refuse to send their daughters to mixed school-run swimming lessons, Europe's rights top court ruled Tuesday (10 January), responding to a challenge by a Turkish-Swiss couple who argued the classes violated their beliefs.
Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic has said Serbia needs Europe's help with the influx of asylum seekers
Enlargement 09-01-2017

Bosnian Serbs to hold divisive ‘national holiday’

Serbs in Bosnia are set to hold a deeply divisive holiday on Monday (9 January), a date tied to the fragile nation's brutal 1990s war and a sensitive issue for other ethnic groups.
Global Europe 12-10-2016

Cut funds to states that turn away refugees, Italy urges EU

Eastern states that continue to refuse to take in refugees to help frontline countries in Europe's migration crisis should have their EU funding cut, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Wednesday (12 October).