Constitution, not sharia, is supreme law in Germany – Merkel
Chancellor Angela Merkel has said Muslims must obey the constitution and not sharia law if they want to live in Germany, which is debating the integration of its 4 million-strong Muslim population.
In the furore following a German central banker’s blunt comments about Muslims failing to integrate, moderate leaders including President Christian Wulff have urged Germans to accept that “Islam also belongs in Germany.”
(Photo: Angela Merkel at a CDU conference in Wiesbaden, 6 Oct 2010/Alex Domanski)
Merkel , the daughter of a Protestant pastor brought up in East Germany who now leads the predominantly Catholic CDU party, said Wulff had emphasised Germany’s “Christian roots and its Jewish roots.”
“Now we obviously also have Muslims in Germany. But it’s important in regard to Islam that the values represented by Islam must correspond with our constitution,” said Merkel on Wednesday. “What applies here is the constitution, not sharia.”
Last month, Merkel said Germans had for too long failed to grasp how immigration was changing their country and would have to get used to the sight of more mosques in their cities.