Is Religious Bullying on the Rise in Berlin Schools?

In a study published in December 2021, nine of ten schools surveyed in Berlin’s migrant-rich Neukölln district reported regular incidents of religiously motivated bullying or oppression of girls (Source). The recently re-elected government of Berlin consisting of Social Democrats (SPD),...

The consequences of COVID-19 on Muslim burials

The death toll during the COVID-19 pandemic has been alarming across Europe, and all over the world, since early 2020. In this context, burying loved ones has become a difficult task for many Muslim communities in Europe, as it has added a...

Who Is Germany’s First Muslim Minister, Cem Özdemir?

On December 8 2021, Germany swore in a new chancellor, Olaf Scholz of the Social Democrats (SPD), ending the 16-year reign of Angela Merkel. Scholz will oversee a three-party coalition, which includes...

Will Muezzin Call for Prayer in Cologne?

Cologne's non affiliated mayor, Henriette Reker, made headlines across Germany in October 2021 for granting Muslim congregations permission to call for the midday Friday prayer. The initiative is currently limited to two years....

Germany’s Muslims Find Fewer Reasons to Vote

Around 5.5 million Muslims live in Germany (Source). Approximately half of these have a German passport and around 1.5 million of these are over the age of 18, making them eligible to...

The Taliban in Kabul: What does it mean for Refugee Policies in Europe

August 31, 2021, marked the deadline set by the US and NATO to withdraw their troops from Afghanistan after a two-decade long military presence. In the wake of this decision, the...

Enforcing the French law against “Islamic Separatism”: Consequences on religious freedom

The law aimed at safeguarding French “republican principles” and fighting "Islamic separatism" was approved by the French National Assembly on July 23, 2021, after months of debates about its limitation of freedom...

ISIS Returnees Face Sentencing in Germany

Female returnees who once swore allegiance to ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) recently made the headlines in Germany. A first one, who was not identified by name or given an...

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