Having taken in thousands of refugees, Germany faces the Herculean task of integrating them. A Bonn congregation is helping Muslim refugees adapt to life in a foreign country and culture.
Germany's new interior minister has polarized the country with his statements on Islam. But although he has opened up an important debate, he is going about it in exactly the wrong way, says DW editor-in-chief Ines Pohl.
Chancellor Merkel led the response to the new interior minister's remarks, saying the 4 million Muslims living in Germany and their religion belong in the country. SPD ministers called for practical integration measures.
In a slight to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, new Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said Islam is not part of German culture. His comments underscore his efforts to push the government to the right.
Some 500,000 more people moved to Germany than left in 2016, Germany's statistics office says. The figure is less than half that of the previous year.
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