Chancellor Angela Merkel has distanced herself from what Horst Seehofer, the new Minister of the Interior, has said about Islam. “Germany has certainly been strongly influenced by Christianity. Now we have four million Muslims living in Germany,” she said. “These Muslims are also part of Germany, just as their religion is part of Germany, so Islam is, too.”
Seehofer, a member of the Christian Social Union in Bavaria, which is in a coalition with the Chancellor’s Christian Democratic Union party, believes that Islam “does not belong to Germany,” which has revived the debate on the place of Islam in German society.
“No. Islam does not belong to Germany,” Seehofer told the newspaper, Bild, on Thursday. “Germany is marked by Christianity. Not working on Sundays, and Christian holidays such as Easter, Pentecost, and Christmas are part of it.”