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German defense chief hits Trump attitudes on torture, Russia and Muslims

SHAFAQNA - Germany’s defense chief on Friday hit President Trump’s dismissive attitude toward Washington’s European allies, giving a frosty reception to U.S. envoys at the largest conclave of U.S. and European officials since the inauguration. Speaking…

Muslim Brotherhood expands presence in Germany, seeks to establish Sharia law – security official

SHAFAQNA - Islamic radicals from the Muslim Brotherhood are actively trying to gain a "monopoly" over mosques in the eastern German state of Saxony to attract more followers and increase their influence, the local security service chief has…

Sheikh Nimr to Be Commemorated in Germany

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SHAFAQNA- Bahraini Cultural-Social Center in the German capital will hold the event on Tuesday January 3, marking the first anniversary of the execution of the senior cleric. In a statement, the center said political and religious figures…

Germany’s Top Court Rules Muslim Schoolgirls Must Join Swimming Lessons

SHAFAQNA - Germany’s highest court ruled on Wednesday that ultra-conservative Muslim girls must take part in mixed swimming classes at school, finding against an 11-year-old pupil who had argued that even wearing a burkini, or full-body swimsuit,…

Muslims forced to leave Christmas market in German town

SHAFAQNA - It’s a popular tourist destination and hundreds flock to it at this time of year for its famed Christmas market. But locals in the town of Rüdesheim on the Rhine in Germany have been criticised after they allegedly ordered…

Enemy within? German army looking for Radical Islamist infiltrators in its ranks, report says

SHAFAQNA - German Military Intelligence (MAD) is looking into nearly 300 cases of potential extremists, including Islamist infiltrators in its ranks, and is mulling tougher screening for recruits because of the situation, Die Welt reports,…

War refugees' number to grow to 300,000

SHAFAQNA - Germany expects up to 300,000 refugees to arrive this year, less than one-third of the total during 2015’s record influx, the federal office for migrants and refugees (BAMF) has said. Frank-Jürgen Weise, the head of BAMF, told…

Ban me that Burka! Germany goes all French on fashion over integration issues

SHAFAQNA - Brace yourself ladies and gentlemen for Germany can now cure radicalism. In one swift swoop – punt intended, Berlin has offered to both eradicate radicalism and free women from the diktat of their modesty. Aren’t you glad you…

German minister to propose ban on full face veils in public

SHAFAQNA - Germany’s interior minister will propose a number of security measures, including a ban on the full face veil for women, in reaction to growing concerns about violent attacks in the country. According to German media, the measures,…

Europe should ignore Turkey’s ‘visa blackmail’ over refugee deal – German vice chancellor

SHAFAQNA - It depends on Ankara whether Turks will enjoy visa-free travel to Europe, Germany’s vice chancellor has said, adding that it was the right decision to ban a live broadcast by the Turkish president to a rally in Cologne on the weekend. “It…

Armed Police raid German mosque in search of radical preachers

SHAFAQNA - Armed police officers have launched a raid on a mosque and several homes belonging to a group believed to be radicalising Muslims in Germany. Apartments belonging to eight board members of the radical German-speaking Islamic group…

Munich gunman fixated on mass killing, had no Islamist ties

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SHAFAQNA - A German-Iranian teenager who shot dead nine people in Munich was a deranged lone gunman obsessed with mass killings who drew no inspiration from Islamist militancy, police said on Saturday. The 18-year-old, born and raised locally,…

Germany lives in fear of more attacks

SHAFAQNA - Germany is likely to face more terrorist attacks, its interior minister said on Wednesday. Anti-immigrant party Alternative for Germany (AfD) has seized on the train attack to criticize Chancellor Angela Merkel's migrant policy,…

Germany heads towards banking meltdown

SHAFAQNA - "Europe is seriously ill," according to Deutsche Bank, and while Italy's problems have been well-documented recently, analysts told Sputnik that a closer look at German banks reveals that even Europe's economic powerhouse could find…

Islamophobia on rise in Germany: study

SHAFAQNA - Islamophobia has risen markedly in Germany, a study published on Wednesday showed, underscoring the tensions simmering in German society after more than one million migrants, mostly Muslims, arrived last year. Every second respondent…

Did Muslims torch a refuge camp in Germany?

SHAFAQNA - It’s ungrateful and disrespectful to cause harm in a country has given you safe passage – especially at a time of peace and reflection. Enraged and disgusted are just some of the sentiments I felt reading how a refugeecamp…

Majority Of Germans Don’t Think There Is A Place For Islam In Society

SHAFAQNA - A new poll shows a dramatic shift in Germany’s perception of Islam, with 61 percent of the population saying it “doesn’t belong in Germany.” The number is up significantly from January, when 47 percent said Islam had no…

German politicians suggest taxing Muslims to fight radicalization

SHAFAQNA - In American politics, raising taxes is seen as a sure way to provoke a voter revolt. But in Germany, some politicians see taxing Muslims as a strategy to keep them from becoming radicalized. The standard-bearer for this unexpected…

Germany wants to exert control over mosques

SHAFAQNA - An influential politician from Angela Merkel’s ruling CDU party said all mosques in Germany should be subject to state supervision in light of what he sees as a threat from extremist. Volker Kauder, who heads the conservative…

German Muslim Leaders Condemned Right-Wing Party's Anti-Islam Stance

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SHAFAQNA-Muslim leaders in Germany criticized Alternative for Germany‘s claim that Islam was contrary to the constitution and compared the anti-immigration party‘s stance to Adolf Hitler‘s rule of the country. Buoyed by successes…

Islam not compatible with German constitution says AfD party

SHAFAQNA - In language comparable to that of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi party, Germany’s anti-refugee right-wing political party, Alternative for Germany (AfD), has announced that Islam is not compatible with the German constitution. "Islam…

Over 5,800 refugee minors missing in Germany in 2015

SHAFAQNA - Over 5,800 refugee minors went missing in Germany last year, local media reported Monday, citing an official reply from the German Interior Ministry. According to Berlin’s estimates obtained by the Funke media group, 555 missing…

Germany fears terror backlash in Turkey, closes school and diplomatic missions

SHAFAQNA  - The German embassy in Ankara and consulate general in Istanbul have been shut down due to a terror warning, the Foreign Ministry said. The German school in Istanbul has also been closed, the ministry said. The closures of…

Germany cancels Muslim prayer rooms at Uni

SHAFAQNA - A Berlin university has closed its Muslim prayer room, becoming the latest in a string of German education centres to shut facilities for Muslim students. The Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin), a prestigious research…

Berlin university becomes latest in Germany to lose Muslim prayer rooms

SHAFAQNA- A Berlin university has closed its Muslim prayer room, becoming the latest in a string of German education centres to shut facilities for Muslim students. The Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin), a prestigious research institute…

Press Freedom in Turkey is non existent

SHAFAQNA - An EU member aspirant Turkey has become a European political liability now that the inner nature of its brutal regime has come up to the surface, unveiling very undemocratic tendencies. As Turkish President Recep Erdogan has worked…

Quran competition for Iranian students kicks off at Imam Ali Islamic Center of Hamburg

SHAFAQNA - The final stage of the first edition of Quran competition for Iranian students residing in Europe began on March 4 at Imam Ali (AS) Islamic Center of Hamburg. Mohammad Mahdi Momeni, in charge of the Iranian schools in Europe,…

The disappearing of refugees in Germany

SHAFAQNA - Berlin says the whereabouts of some 130,000 refugees registered by Germany are unknown, a figure which is equivalent to 13 percent of the total arrivals last year. This new revelation came following reports that several thousands…