In an interview with Die Welt, a national German newspaper, North Rhine-Westphalia’s former Integration Minister (2005 – 2010), Armin Laschet (CDU), has defended the freedom of speech in Germany and revealed his fear of similar attacks on German ground. According to Laschet, recent events in Norway and Breivik’s references to critiques of Islam must not lead to any taboos in talking about Islam or integration. It should be possible to criticize aspects or talk about certain deficits – yet, this should be done without creating and communicating horror scenarios (such as done by certain blogs; e.g. the blog “Politically Incorrect”). After his statements about the freedom of speech, Laschet also revealed that he was concerned about copy-cats, planning similar events in Germany.

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