Thursday, August 21, 2008

Government: Sharp Debate about Islam Unavoidable

The Dutch government has admitted that the debate in the Netherlands on the impact of Islam in politics, media and society at large has increased, but says that this is unavoidable in a multi-cultural society. It states, however, that the debate has led to the exposure and solution of many problems. The cabinet was reacting to a report by the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) which concluded that the public and political debate on integration worsened dramatically in the Netherlands in 2007. Turkish and Moroccan Muslims in the country have suffered in particular from this.

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