A new study on Germany’s Muslims

New Study Looks at Challenges Faced by Germany’s Muslims

By Sheila Lalwani in Berlin

It’s no secret that many immigrants have a hard time in Germany. A new study has found that women wearing headscarves have a particularly hard time on the job market and a quarter of those with Turkish backgrounds face discrimination when looking for work.

It is early afternoon at Internet Treffpunkt, a convenience store in Kreuzberg, a neighborhood in Berlin that is home to many Turks and other minorities. Hedi Dashti, the store’s proprietor, is busy. One customer hands over her parcel to send through his DHL counter. Another customer buys cigarettes. The door swings open, ushering in the blustery winter wind, and a third customer waves hello.

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Eurabian Follies

from tabsir.net by tabsir

Eurabian Follies
The shoddy and just plain wrong genre that refuses to die

by Justin Vaïsse, Foreign Policy, January/February, 2010

By 2050, Europe will be unrecognizable. Instead of romantic cafes, Paris?s Boulevard Saint-Germain will be lined with halal butcheries and hookah bars; the street signs in Berlin will be written in Turkish. School-children from Oslo to Naples will read Quranic verses in class, and women will be veiled.

Republican bigotry

from FT.com – World, Europe
By banning Muslim women from wearing full-face veils France’s leaders will be further marginalising them from mainstream society ? the opposite of the assimilation that proponents of a ban demand

MAIN FOCUS: France at odds over “burqa” ban | 27/01/2010

from euro|topics

A French parliamentary committee recommended on Tuesday that the so called burqa, or Muslim full-body veil, be banned. While a burqa ban could check the spread of fundamentalism it is also humiliating for those affected by it, European commentators argue.

France: the Burka could be on the way out in Europe


The for women degrading Burka could soon be banned in France after a French parliamentary committee recommended a partial ban on the wearing of what they call  radical muslim black veils covering just about all of a woman’s body.

Strains are showing in the EU?s new foreign policy structures

from Brussels Blog by Tony Barber

Are they just teething problems?  Or is something more serious at stake?  One way or another, the first signs are emerging that the European Union?s new foreign policy structures, established under the Lisbon treaty that came into force last month, are capable of producing just as much discord and disharmony as the old arrangements. Let?s take

Eurozone Imbalances Weaken Trust in The Euro and Undermine Euro Area Cohesion

from A Fistful Of Euros » A Fistful Of Euros by Edward Hugh

This is the conclusion drawn – rather surprisingly – not by some bank analyst, or by a Credit Ratings Agency, but by the European Commission itself, according to the contents of a report ?leaked? to the German magazine Der Spiegel at the end of last week. ?(The imbalances) weaken trust in the euro and endanger the cohesion of the monetary union,?. Here is a rough translation of the Der Spiegel report:

MAIN FOCUS: Pressure growing on Europe’s banks | 25/01/2010

from euro|topics

US President Barack Obama’s initiative to introduce tougher regulation of big banks is being met with approval in several European countries. Obama’s plans will step up pressure on Europe’s banks, commentators write.

You can never leave

by Open Europe blog team

A recent legal paper by the European Central Bank deals with the subject: ?Withdrawal and Expulsion from the EU and EMU: Some reflections?. It has received quite a bit of attention. Unsurprising, perhaps, given the state of the Greek economy (see here, here, and here for example).

Nation of flattery

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
Is France’s love of culture just self-delusion?

The Discovery of France by Graham Robb

from A Fistful Of Euros » A Fistful Of Euros by Doug Merrill

Mostly in lieu of a proper review, excerpts from The Discovery of France by Graham Robb, the best non-fiction book I read in 2009. (Tough competition, too: In Europe: Travels Through the Twentieth Century by Geert Mak, Gold and Iron by Fritz Stern and To the Castle and Back by Vaclav Havel were all top notch.)

Greece supplied incorrect financial information in order to join the European Monetary Union – by Matthew Brockett


Greece: European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet said euro-region authorities will never again allow a country to join the monetary union if its fiscal data are inaccurate, as Greece?s were.

Competitiveness Gaps Could Hurt Euro – No Really!

from A Fistful Of Euros » A Fistful Of Euros by Edward Hugh

Reuters Jan Strupczewski gives more details of the EU Commission report first leaked by Der Spiegel. According to Strupczewski the ?new European Commission report has expressed concern about gaps in competitiveness that could undermine confidence in the euro zone and point to tensions related to wage levels and capital flows in the 16-member club?. The report was prepared for the finance ministers meeting on January 16.

EU Law: Humanitarian aid and other thematic files

by Grahnlaw

The European Union is one of the principal international actors trying to alleviate the suffering caused by the natural disaster in Haiti. Humanitarian aid and assistance for long term development are needed from the more fortunate parts of humanity.

Bloggingportal EU anniversary roundup

by Grahnlaw

Happy Birthday to EU,
Happy Birthday to EU,
Happy Birthday, Dear Bloggingportal,
Happy Birthday to EU!

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