Horst Seehofer and Angela, Marcelito: Markus Schreiber / AP
The new Minister of internal Affairs of Germany, Horst Seehofer does not consider Islam a part of Germany. He declared it in interview to the newspaper Bild.
The politician said that Germany was formed under the influence of Christianity, part of which are weekend days and Church holidays such as Easter, Pentecost and Christmas.
While Seehofer stressed that living in the country are Muslims, “of course, are part of Germany”. “However, this does not mean that we should renounce their own traditions because of the false concept of tact,” said he.
The statement of interior Minister goes against the words of German Chancellor Angela Merkel has repeatedly claimed that Islam is part of Germany. The statement Seehofer responded the official representative of the German government Steffen Seibert. He said that although historically more influenced by Christian and Jewish traditions, not to forget about living in a country of 8 million Muslims.
However, as revealed in 2016, the data of a public opinion poll, more than 60 percent of Germans believe that Islam is alien to Germany.
Horst Seehofer has held the post of head of the interior Ministry on March 14 this year. Before that for ten years he was Prime Minister of Bavaria.
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