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Schäuble's statement follows a trend change in Germany

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Submitted by myth (Germany), Jul 14, 2013 at 17:40

Schäuble's statement follow a trend change in Germany.

2010 President Wulff introduced the use of strong proclamations about the status of Islam in Germany. He did so in a speech.

http://www.bundespraesident.de/SharedDocs/Reden/DE/Christian-Wulff/Reden/2010/10/20101003_Rede_Anlage2.pdf?__blob=publicationFile&v=4

saying:

"But Islam has now also become part of German identity."

2011 the German pope Bendedict while visiting Berlin reduced this claim to a limited period in a historical context.

http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/speeches/2011/september/documents/hf_ben-xvi_spe_20110923_muslim-berlin_ge.html

He said:

"Die Anwesenheit zahlreicher muslimischer Familien ist seit den 70er Jahren des vergangenen Jahrhunderts zunehmend ein Merkmal dieses Landes geworden"

"The presence of muslim families since the 70ies of the past century has increasingly become a characteristic of this country."

2012 president Gauck, a protestant cleric himself, comments on and reduces Wulff's original claim.

http://www.bundespraesident.de/SharedDocs/Reden/DE/Joachim-Gauck/Interviews/2012/05/120531-Zeit-Interview.html

"Ich hätte einfach gesagt, die Muslime, die hier leben, gehören zu Deutschland."

"I would have simply said, those muslims who live here belong to Germany."

Note that in the sentence 2010 "Islam" was the entity bigger than "German identity". 2011, "muslims who live here" is small compared to "Germany". 2012, "muslims ... belong to Germany" even expresses a relationship of possession - and it is not to Islam.

2013 Schäuble redirects the issue away from Germany to Turkey, away from people to politics.

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