German media is reporting that the Central Council of Muslims in Germany, the main Muslim dialogue partner for German authorities, has expelled one of its member organizations, considered to represent the Muslim Brotherhood in the country. According to a Deutsche Welle report:
February 4, 2022 It’s a dry little message. But it is about an important step: The Central Council of Muslims in Germany (ZMD) separates from the German Muslim Community (DMG). The Central Council, which was formed in 1993 and is one of the largest Islamic umbrella organizations in the country, has thus excluded one of its founding members. In the brief notification of the decision, the Central Council does not give any reason for the cut that has been made. It is only mentioned that the ZMD representative assembly passed the vote with the required two-thirds majority. This leaves room for speculation. It may be that the German Muslim Community (DMG) refused clarifications in the umbrella organization. But what is more important is that it has long been associated with the Muslim Brotherhood and has been monitored by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution. [Translated with Google Translate]
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The Central Council of Muslims in Germany (Zentralrat der Muslime in Deutschland))(ZMD) is an Islamic umbrella organization with several member associations monitored by the German domestic intelligence agency. Although the German Federal Agency for Civic Education estimates that the ZMD represents less than one percent of all German Muslims directly, it is regarded as the government’s main dialogue partner for societal issues about Islam and the local Muslim community. One of ZMD’s founding members until its 2019 suspension was the Deutsche Muslimische Gemeinschaft (DMG), representing the Global Muslim Brotherhood in Germany. In September, we reported about the latest annual report by Germany’s domestic intelligence agency which described the DMG as follows:
In Germany, the DMG, formerly the Islamic Community in Germany e. V. (IGD), with its headquarters in Berlin, is the organization of MB supporters with the largest number of members in Germany. The DMG represents the Egyptian branch of the MB and has been a member of the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe (FIOE), now the Council of European Muslims (CEM), since its foundation as IGD.
In April, we reported that Germany’s then-ruling conservative party adopted a resolution that said any form of cooperation should be discontinued between the German government and Islamist groups monitored by Germany’s intelligence services.