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Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Lets see what the German'Government's response to the situation in the Netherlands- Why have a German Muslim Holiday

Expatica � Living in, moving to, or working in Germany, plus German news in English
Got to love that goofy but loveable Green Party in Germany. They run the Government, which is first sign somethings amiss in Germany. Click above for the whole read excerpts below tip of the hat to rantburg.

Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's Greens coalition partner called on Tuesday for establishing a Muslim public holiday in Germany as a reaction to violence in the Netherlands following the killing of Islam-critical film director Theo van Gogh.
Both Germany's Greens Environment Minister, Juergen Trittin, and the deputy chairman of the Greens in parliament, Hans-Christian Stroebele were quoted in the newspaper Die Welt as backing the move.
"Exactly such a sign is needed given the attacks in Holland," said Stroebele, who like Trittin hails from the party's "fundi" left-wing.
But Schroeder's Social Democrats (SPD) were cool to the idea following a row earlier this month over a proposal to abolish the German Unity Day holiday in a bid to boost the economy. SPD government officials swiftly dropped the idea.

In a related development, a Muslim preacher in Berlin issued a public apology for making strongly anti-German comments in a mosque which were secretly filmed by Germany's ZDF public TV.
"These remarks were offensive and wrong," said a letter by the preacher who has not been named by media.
The ZDF film shows the preacher at the Mevlana Mosque in Berlin's heavily Turkish Kreuzberg district saying: "These Germans, these atheists, these Europeans don't shave under their arms and their sweat collects under their hair with a revolting smell and they stink ... Hell lives for the infidels! Down with all democracies and all democrats!"


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