Can You be a Religious Minority and European?

October 15, 2012

This is the seventh post in a TMP series titled “The Great Debate,” a round-up of opinions from experts, officials, professors and students on a pressing question in international affairs.

Developments in Europe over the last few years suggest that Europeans are less and less welcoming towards people from non-European cultures. Popular support of nationalist and xenophobic parties has increased dramatically, and even moderate politicians have started to condemn practices of religious and ethnic minorities (both old and new) in the name of Europe’s secular values.

The recent German court ruling on the legality of ritual circumcisions and Marine Le Pen’s comments on wanting to ban the Jewish kippa and Islamic veil in the street in France, among others, have sparked debates about whether Europe can or should tolerate values from minority religions and cultures.

To shed light on the issue, we turned to the experts to ask:

Can Europe balance secular values and religious tolerance?

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