Saturday, April 16, 2005

Europe Seeks Dialogue With Islamists, NGOs

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.


At April 17, 2005 3:08 AM, Blogger erp said...

Can't "Europe" understand. Islamists don't want dialogue? They want the world to live by the laws of sharia.

At April 18, 2005 6:25 AM, Blogger Brian H said...

Hm. Yes, there are two senses of the word; it has lately come to designate fundamentalists, so it would be better to fall back on "Muslims" to refer to the general community.

The distinction between dialogue and appeasement seems to be very fuzzy in EU political minds.

At April 19, 2005 2:28 AM, Blogger the adventuress said...

It's useless to have a "dialogue" with Islam. Upon getting a concession on some small point, they will just ask for more, and on and on, until they get everything.


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