European countries are contemplating a new strategy for dialogue with the Muslim world that would see the focus shifting to popular Islamic parties and NGOs, Germany's first-ever commissioner for dialogue with the Islamic World said on Friday, April 15. In statements after a closed-door Berlin conference organized by the German and British foreign ministries, Ambassador Gunter Mulack said the Europeans should take the dialogue down to the grassroots, reported Egypt’s daily Al-Ahram on Saturday, April 16. He added that the Europeans would seek to be in close touch with the Arab and Muslim peoples and NGOs with a special focus on younger generations. Mulack said Europe, and particularly Germany, will pay due attention to popular Islamic parties, which eschew violence and engage in politics. The Berlin conference brought together diplomats, media people, professors, and representatives to EU, Scandinavian and Muslim countries.