Islam is Europe’s ‘new fascism,’ and other things European politicians say about Muslims

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In the United States, Donald Trump is taking aim at Islam, putting the faith front and center in a contentious presidential campaign. But across Europe, populist leaders are doing the same, pointing a finger of blame at Islam for threatening domestic cultures and security even as critics decry such statements as a serious threat to freedom of religion and minority rights.

Here’s what 10 conservative and far-right leaders have recently said about Islam:


 

Where: Germany.

Who: Alexander Gauland, deputy chairman of the Alternative for Germany party.

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Alexander Gauland is pictured during a news conference in Berlin, Germany, March 14, 2016. (Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters)

What he said: “Islam is not a religion like Cath

olic or Protestant Christianity, but a faith linked intellectually with a takeover of the state. Therefore, the Islamization of Germany is a danger.”

 

Where: The Netherlands.

Who: Geert Wilders, founder and leader of the Party for Freedom.

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Geert Wilders is seen prior to his trial, at Schiphol, Badhoevedorp, on March 18, 2016. (Remko de Waal /AFP/Getty)

What he said: “Recently thousands of Arab men sexually attacked, humiliated and raped hundreds of women. All women are fair game. I call the perpetrators ‘testosterone bombs.’ We have seen what they are capable of. It’s sexual terrorism. A sexual jihad. And it is happening all over Europe.”

“We are threatened by the loss of our values and the introduction of the Koran. I don’t want to see the Prague Castle being blown up by some Muslims.”

 

Where: Slovakia.

Who: Prime Minister Robert Fico.

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Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico, left, delivers a speech next to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels on June 1, 2016. (John Thys/AFP/Getty Images)

What he said: “Islam has no place in Slovakia.”

 

Where: Austria.

Who: Former Freedom Party presidential candidate Norbert Hofer.

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Norbert Hofer addresses a news conference in Vienna, Austria, May 24, 2016. (Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters)

What he said: “We must stop this invasion of Muslims.”

 

Where: Austria.

Who: Johann Gudenus, vice mayor of Vienna.

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Johann Gudenus and Tajana Gudenus attend the The 61st Viennese Opera Ball at Waldorf Astoria Hotel on February 19, 2016, in New York City. (Brad Barket/Getty Images)

What he said: “The new fascism in Europe is Islamism.”

 

Where: France.

Who: Marine Le Pen, head of the National Front party.

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Marine Le Pen arrives at the Elysee Presidential Palace for a meeting with French President Francois Hollande on November 15, 2015 in Paris, France. (Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)

What she said: “We have to oppose all demands that aim to shatter secularism — demands for different clothes, demands for special food, demands for prayer rooms. Demands that create special rules that would allow Muslims to behave differently.”

 

Where: Hungary.

Who: Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban during a press conference in Vienna, Austria, 25 September 2015. (Georg Hochmuth/EPA)

What he said: “Islam was never part of Europe. It’s the rule book of another world.”

 

Where: Poland.

Who: Former prime minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski.

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Former Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski enters a booth before casting his ballot during the legislative elections in Poland on October 25, 2015 in Warsaw. (Wojtek Radwanski/AFP/Getty Images)

What he said: While talking about the mostly Muslim migrants arriving in Europe, he quipped, “There are already signs of the emergence of very dangerous diseases which haven’t been seen in Europe for a long time: cholera on Greek islands; dysentery in Vienna; various types of parasites, protozoans, which aren’t dangerous in the organisms of these people but which could be dangerous here.”

 

Where: Italy.

Who: Matteo Salvini, federal secretary of the Northern League party.

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Matteo Salvini speaks during a news conference on the day after the first round of Italy’s municipal elections, in Milan, Italy, June 6, 2016. (Mourad Balti Touati/EPA)

What he said: When asked about the election of the first Muslim mayor of London, he replied, “For me it is a worrying sign. … I think of London itself, where there are already some abusive courts applying Islamic law.”

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