In holy city, Iran’s Rouhani sought clergy’s backing for nuclear talks

By Reuters Staff
March 2, 2015

(Shrine of Fatimah al-Masumah in Qom, Iran, 30 June 2014/Mohammad Mahdi)

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has visited the holy city of Qom to appeal to its clergy, religious students and laypeople to back his efforts to strike a deal with major powers over the country’s disputed nuclear programme.

German Jewish leader warns against wearing skullcaps

February 27, 2015
(A man wearing a kippah waits for the start of an anti-Semitism demo at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate September 14, 2014. Placard reads ' Never again'. REUTERS/Thomas Peter)

(A man wearing a kippah waits for the start of a demonstration against anti-Semitism at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate September 14, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Peter)

Austria passes ‘Law on Islam’ banning foreign money for Muslim groups

By Reuters Staff
February 25, 2015
(A mosque is pictured in the Tyrolean village of Telfs in western Austria October 2, 2014. Austria called on Thursday for standardised German-language translations of the Koran and moved to prohibit foreign funding of Muslim organisations on its soil in a draft law aimed in part at tackling Islamic extremism. The bill will overhaul a 1912 law governing the status of Austrian Muslims, prompting concern from a major local Islamic body, which saw it mirroring widespread mistrust of Muslims. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler)

(The minaret of a mosque in the Tyrolean village of Telfs in western Austria October 2, 2014.  REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler)

German Catholic archdiocese reveals it’s richer than Vatican

February 19, 2015
(ILE PHOTO FROM 13JULY94 - A fork of lightning strikes the Wallraff-Richartz-Museum near Cologne cathedral. Cologne will celebrate the 750th anniversary of the cathedral on August 15. AKW)

(Lightning strikes the Wallraff-Richartz-Museum next to Cologne cathedral on 13 July 1994/Reuters. 

Jewish groups rap German anti-Semitism commission for omitting Jews

February 10, 2015
(A woman stands amidst the concrete columns of the Holocaust memorial after heavy snowfall in Berlin March 19, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter)

(A woman stands amidst the concrete columns of the Holocaust memorial after heavy snowfall in Berlin March 19, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter)

Ancient Indian epic to be retold on Twitter from villain’s viewpoint

February 10, 2015
(Page from an edition of the Mahabharata, Pahari, North-Western India, 19th century gouache and ink on paper, one side depicting Bhima with attendants, the other Bhima slaughtering his enemies, from the Kijaka story Provenance: Private Collection, Germany)

(Bhima slaughtering his enemies, from a 19th-century edition of the Mahabharata, from Pahari in northwestern India, gouache and ink on paper/Private collection, Germany)

Abbas orders probe into Palestinian cartoon of Prophet Mohammad

By Reuters Staff
February 3, 2015
(French President Francois Hollande is surrounded by Heads of state including (LtoR) Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Council President Donald Tusk, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, King Abdullah of Jordan and Queen Rania Al Abdullah and Switzerland's President Simonetta Sommaruga as they attend the solidarity march (Marche Republicaine) in the streets of Paris January 11, 2015. French citizens will be joined by dozens of foreign leaders, among them Arab and Muslim representatives, in a march on Sunday in an unprecedented tribute to this week's victims following the shootings by gunmen at the offices of the satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo, the killing of a police woman in Montrouge, and the hostage taking at a kosher supermarket at the Porte de Vincennes. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer)

(Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas with French President Francois Hollande, Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel and other world leaders at a solidarity march for free speech in Paris January 11, 2015. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer)

German carnival drops Charlie Hebdo-inspired float after Paris attack

By Reuters Staff
February 2, 2015
(A carnival float with papier-mache caricatures of U.S President Barack Obama and former U.S. spy agency NSA contractor Edward Snowden (R) take parts in the traditional Rose Monday carnival parade in the western German city of Duesseldorf March 3, 2014. The Rose Monday parades in Cologne, Mainz and Duesseldorf are the highlight of the German street carnival season. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender)

(German carnival parades are known for their political floats – here is one with caricatures of U.S President Barack Obama and former NSA contractor Edward Snowden (R) in the Duesseldorf Rose Monday parade on March 3, 2014. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender)

from The Great Debate:

To become ‘French,’ abandon who you are

By Justin Gest
January 16, 2015


PHOTO (TOP): A young Muslim girl has two French flags and a headband reading "Fraternity" on her headscarf while marching to protest a French ban on religious symbols in state schools, Paris, January 31, 2004. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

from The Great Debate:

Charlie Hebdo fallout: Specter of fascist past haunts European nationalism

By Jacob Heilbrunn
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.