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Muslim population in European cities

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I was recently asked which cities in Europe have the highest Muslim percentage. The following is what I found in my research. I linked to my sources, but note that not all sources have the same reliability level. STAT – official municipal or national statistics, EUMAP – EU Research program, WIKI – collected by Wikipedia, NEWS – mentioned in the news. If my readers have more... 

Netherlands: Shopping in Little Turkey

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The Nicis Institute for Urban Research suggests in a study titled “Economic opportunities of ethnic diversity” that the major cities should transform the immigrant neighborhoods into “Little Turkey” with large shopping streets and many cultural manifestations, similar to the American Little Italy or Chinatown. According to Nicis, putting together foreign populations is good... 

EU Plan To Get Around Irish ‘No’ Vote

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Officials in Brussels are working on plans to ensure that the European Treaty is still implemented elsewhere if Ireland votes against it in the referendum. Although measures such as creating an EU president, “foreign minister” and European diplomatic service may be delayed, they are still expected to be introduced. One diplomat said a “bridging mechanism” was being... 

France: Marriage annulled since bride wasn’t virgin

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A court in French-Flanders annulled a marriage since the bride turned out not to be a virgin, report French newspaper Libération. The judges came to the conclusion that the bridegroom was deceived concerning an ‘essential characteristic’ of the bride, who had assured him before the wedding that she was still virgin. The judges therefore decided to apply a law which is seldom used. Both... 

Netherlands: female circumcision practiced despite ban

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Jannes Mulder, former internist and oncologist, writing in the Dutch medical journal Medisch Contact, says that girls are still being circumcises, even though the procedure is banned. The Dutch Council for Public Health estimates that at least 50 girls are circumcised every year, mostly in the Somali community. In his article, ‘A drop of blood’, Mulder suggests that since banning the procedure... 

UK: Muslim gangs ‘are taking control of prison’

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Prison officers at one of Britain’s maximum security jails are losing control to Muslim gangs, according to a confidential report obtained by The Observer. An internal review of Whitemoor in Cambridgeshire warns that staff believe a ‘serious incident is imminent’ as several wings become dominated by Muslim prisoners. The report, written by the Prison Service’s Directorate of... 

Norway, Oslo: ‘Rapes are the fault of Norwegian girls’

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Oslo police recently released its 2007 Rape Report. The report shows a marked increase in Somali rapists, generally on account of gang rapes. At least ten women were attacked and molested by a gang of Somali men at Sofienberg park in Oslo on Saturday evening. Last year a record-high 161 rapes and 35 rape attempts were reported in Oslo. Over 70% of the rapists were non-Norwegian [ed. ethnically, a... 

France: Paris is center of Islamic Finance

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France will today take a significant step towards establishing Paris as a western centre for Islamic finance when plans to attract this fast-growing sector to the city are discussed in the country’s parliament. The move is a part of the French capital’s wider aspirations to rival London as an international financial centre. Christine Lagarde, France’s finance minister, has already... 

UK: Algerian man arrested for defecating and urinating in Supermarket

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AN ALGERIAN man arrested after allegedly spraying a mixture of ‘urine, faeces and domestic products’ over food in two supermarkets last Friday was remanded in custody today to await committal to crown court. Sahnoun Daifallah, 42, of Bibury road, White City, Gloucester, is also accused of two similar attacks on earlier dates in a bookshop and a pub in the Cotswolds. Daifallah, who represented... 

Queen Elizabeth II visits mosque, listens to Quran recital

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Queen Elizabeth II listened to a recital of the Quran at an Ottoman-era mosque Wednesday, the second day of a state visit to Turkey. Her shoes removed and her head covered, the queen heard a religious scholar recite verses from the holy book at the 15th-century Green Mosque. Earlier, the British monarch watched a traditional Ottoman shadow puppet show and a fashion show. She also visited a silk market... 

‘German’ Muslim girl wants to skip swimming lessons

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A Muslim girl in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia cannot skip co-ed swimming lessons because of religious prohibitions against wearing formfitting clothing, a German court ruled on Wednesday. The administrative court in Düsseldorf ruled that the state’s responsibility to educate the girl outweighed the potential infringement on her religious freedom. The 12-year-old girl’s parents... 

Barroso: ‘Islam now part of Europe’

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BRUSSELS , May 5: The President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, underlined here Monday that Islam is part and parcel of Europe and he also condemned the concept of clash of civilisations. “Islam today is part of Europe. It is important to understand this.One should not see Islam as outside Europe. We already have an important presence of Islam and Muslims among our citizens,”... 

Denmark: Iraqi refugee must choose between wives

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An Iraqi man granted asylum in Denmark after working as an interpreter for Danish troops has been told he must choose between the two wives he brought with him. “We gave him until May 26 to divorce one of his two wives, otherwise we will take the necessary measures to put an end to this situation of bigamy, which is illegal in Denmark,” Malene Vestergaard of the Justice Ministry’s... 
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