Islam still faces obstacles on path to be part of Germany

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Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul

Some ten years ago, German President Christian Wulff said Islam was very much part of German society. What about today? It was a short statement that had a lot of impact. In his speech almost 10 years ago on the 20th anniversary of German reunification, Germany’s then-President Christian declared that Islam was a part of Germany. The claim sparked a nation-wide debate on the role of Islam in the country — one that had continued to this day. Wulff’s 2010 statement enraged some, while resonating deeply with others. Today, millions of Muslims call Germany their home. Some families have been living in the country for two, three and even four generations. But, for some, the question of integrating into German mainstream society, and gaining recognition, has not been without its difficulties.