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– Twenty-First Century Crusades?
tension and backlash against Muslims in Europe
Former German Chancellor Helmut
Schmidt Says Problem of Immigration Concerns "Foreign Cultures Marked by
Islam vs. Europe
Helmut Schmidt: As regards Italy or Greece, there's no problem. One day
the Italians and the Greeks will go home or they'll integrate into
society in the course of time. That's what we've seen for decades. The
problem isn't due to Italian, Greek or Spanish immigration. The problem
is due to immigration from foreign cultures, for example cultures marked
Interviewer: You said before that immigration from outside the European
Union was problematical. What do you mean exactly?
Helmut Schmidt: I referred to the foreign cultures. There are no major
differences between Italian civilization and French or German
civilization. Turkish culture is very different, Algerian culture is
very distinct too, Egyptian culture, the cultures of the eastern part of
the Mediterranean are much more distant. For example Syrian culture,
Egyptian culture. Free circulation within Europe isn't dangerous. What's
dangerous is the mixing with foreign cultures, with the traditions of
foreign cultures and civilizations.
...There are many common points in European cultural traditions. There
are fewer commonalities with cultures marked by Islam or Confucianism,