Germany’s ruling CDU/CSU party has adopted a resolution aimed at curbing Islamism in the country. According to the resolution, various forms of cooperation between the German government and Islamist groups under observation by the domestic intelligence agency should be discontinued:
April 20, 2021 Associations that pose a threat to our free and democratic basic order and are monitored by the federal and state [domestic intelligence] offices cannot be partners of our state at the same time. Islamists must be treated with the same distance and rejection as the political extremists from the left and right. In future, therefore, all financial donations, subsidies, contractual relationships and cooperation with Islamic […] associations that are the object of observation by the [domestic intelligence] offices must be checked and discontinued at the federal and state levels. [translated from German]
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The resolution demands the implementation of a documentation center monitoring Islamism in Germany and Europe and calls for increased transparency regarding the funding of the country’s Islamic associations and mosques. The paper further recommends the establishment of several professorships throughout Germany in order to deal with the issue scientifically and says the state should undertake efforts to ensure the training of imams takes place within the country.
According to German media, when enacted, these regulations would indirectly affect the Islamic umbrella organization Central Council of Muslims in Germany (ZMD), some of whose member associations are monitored by the German domestic intelligence agency. Although the ZMD is estimated by the German Federal Agency for Civic Education to represent less than one percent of all German Muslims directly, it is regarded as the government’s main dialogue partner for societal issues pertaining to 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 (GMB) in Germany, a transnational Islamist influence network covered by the GIOR.
Additionally, In December 2020, the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reported that the German government had stopped its funding for Islamic Relief Germany as a result of its ties to the GMB. Prior GIOR reporting about the GMB in Germany has also included:
- An October 2020 report that Germany’s main Muslim Brotherhood umbrella Deutsche Muslimische Gemeinschaft participated in an international high-level conference of GMB groups.
- A March 2021 report that the main umbrella body for the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe had held a virtual training event on “introducing Islam” featuring the former DMG Secretary-General.
- An April 2021 report that the Berlin Senator for Justice and his Greens party had vowed continued cooperation with an “anti-Muslim racism expert” representing the Berlin ZMD chapter and who has numerous ties to the GMB in Germany.
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