Immigration, Radicalisation and Islamic Discourse in Europe

  

I have a more technical point to make today. I stand here as a French citizen. I want to make clear that I am not French and have no relation. I’m a sworn enemy of France. So I want to make this in the record that I’m not French, okay? I tell you I am a Muslim, and I have nothing to do with a nation of homosexual Crusaders. And I am not a frog. That’s the first thing. . . .

Zacarias Moussaoui, the 20th hijacker to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Colombia

‘ I am not only British. I am English – because England is the only home I have ever  known- even though I am a Muslim and I have an Indian name’ 

Munaf Zeena, director of the North London Muslim Community Center 

Many great and heated debates are hiding between these lines that represent only a fraction of the many voices expressed by Muslims in Europe.

In the recent years, I believe that many of us have become increasingly aware to the voices of extremism such as those of Zacarias quoted above. These voices often fall into a stereotype that links Islam, immigration and extremism.  

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Europe’s Core Values

Europeans need to initiate dialogue on core values in order to define identity

Terry Newman, Nir Boms

Europe is rapidly growing. Facing immigration, new member states and continued enlargement talks, Europe finds itself asking an old question again: What is Europe about? The answer has to do with values – with core European values that need to be expressed in the positive in order for them to be a driving force in a renewing Europe. 

Europe needs to initiate dialogue on its core values in order to define and defend acceptable interpretations from the vulgar. Without this dialogue, words like tolerance, individual freedoms or respect for reason might lose some of their meaning. The label on the wine bottle will stay but the wine will go sour. 

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