from The Great Debate:

Charlie Hebdo fallout: Specter of fascist past haunts European nationalism

January 13, 2015

Members of DUEGIDA, Duesseldorf's section of anti-immigration movement Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (PEGIDA) demonstrate in Duesseldorf

When up to a dozen world leaders and roughly 1.5 million people gathered in Paris on Sunday to mourn the murder of 10 editors and cartoonists of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and seven other people by three French-born Islamic radicals, they wanted to demonstrate that Europe will always embrace liberal and tolerant values.

from The Great Debate:

‘Charlie Hebdo’ killings are a test for France and all Western Europe

January 9, 2015

A woman participates in a vigil to pay tribute to the victims of a shooting, by gunmen at the offices of weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo, in downtown Lisbon

What follows the slaughter of the senior staff of the Parisian satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo will be a test of the depth of Europe's liberal instincts. The weekly paper, run by journalists with the real courage of their convictions, has done more than its duty for freedom of the press. It falls to Europeans to display their attachment to other pillars of a free society: the rule of law, the observance of democratic norms, the display of tolerance and nondiscrimination.

from The Great Debate:

Will France fall into the trap of pitting ‘Islamism’ vs. ‘Nativism?’

January 8, 2015

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The brutal attack that took place in Paris Wednesday on the headquarters of the satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo, leaving at least 12 dead and more than 20 injured, could lead to dreadful consequences. 

Popular newspaper and prominent Germans condemn anti-Muslim rallies

January 6, 2015
(Participants of an alternative rally use brooms as they protest against a demonstration called by anti-immigration group PEGIDA, a German abbreviation for "Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West", in Dresden January 5, 2015. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch)

(Protesters against the anti-immigration group PEGIDA, a German abbreviation for “Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West”, use brooms to “sweep the streets clean of prejudice” in Dresden January 5, 2015. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch)

One in 8 Germans would join anti-Muslim marches: poll

January 5, 2015
(A woman holds a sign during a demonstration organised by anti-immigration group PEGIDA, a German abbreviation for "Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West", in Dresden December 22, 2014. More than 17,000 people took part in Germany's largest anti-immigrant rally to date on Monday in the eastern city of Dresden, gathering to sing Christmas carols and listen to speakers complain about immigrants and asylum-seekers. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke)

(A woman holds a sign during a demonstration organised by anti-immigration group PEGIDA, a German abbreviation for “Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West”, in Dresden December 22, 2014. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke)

Pope Francis favors developing world in naming new Catholic cardinals

January 4, 2015
(Newly-appointed Catholic Archbishop of Hanoi Peter Nguyen Van Nhon waves to believers in front of St. Joseph Cathedral after Pentecost Sunday mass in Hanoi May 23, 2010. REUTERS/Kham)

(Catholic Archbishop of Hanoi Peter Nguyen Van Nhon, one of the new cardinals named on Sunday by Pope Francis, waves to believers in front of St. Joseph Cathedral in the Vietnamese capital on May 23, 2010. REUTERS/Kham)

Cologne Cathedral to turn out the lights in protest at anti-Muslim march

January 4, 2015
(Cologne cathedral is seen with the flooded river Rhine in Cologne, January 9, 2011. After weeks of snow and ice, rising temperatures combined with heavy rain means many German rivers have swollen drastically over the last few days, triggering flood warnings in many regions. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender)

(Cologne cathedral is seen with the flooded river Rhine River in Cologne, January 9, 2011. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender)

British-German football match in Kabul in memory of WW1 Christmas truce

December 24, 2014
(German and British troops pose for a photo after a football match to commemorating the Christmas Truce of 1914, at the ISAF Headquarters in Kabul December 24, 2014. British and German soldiers deployed in Afghanistan gathered in a dusty field on Wednesday to play a game of football in memory of the Christmas Day truce spontaneously called between their armies during the First World War in 1914. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani)

(German and British troops pose for a photo after a football match to commemorating the Christmas Truce of 1914, at the ISAF Headquarters in Kabul December 24, 2014. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani)

Chancellor Merkel in dilemma as German anti-Islam marches gain support

December 15, 2014
(Participants hold up their mobile phones during a demonstration called by anti-immigration group PEGIDA, a German abbreviation for "Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West", in Dresden December 8, 2014. Opponents of Germany's policy towards asylum seekers and Islam took part in the protest in the eastern German town on Monday. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke)

(Participants hold up their mobile phones during a demonstration called by anti-immigration group PEGIDA, a German abbreviation for “Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West”, in Dresden December 8, 2014. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke)

Czech home owners find Jewish belongings from WWII

December 12, 2014
(Prague Rabbi Karol Sidon stands deep in thought prior to a commemoration ceremony held in the Terezin ghettos to honor Holocaust victims, April 23. On the right are the extermination ovens.)

(Prague Rabbi Karol Sidon stands deep in thought prior to a commemoration ceremony held in the Terezin ghettos to honor Holocaust victims, April 23. On the right are the extermination ovens. 23 April 1998/REUTERS)