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Parliamentary questions
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22 November 2016
Question for written answer E-008714-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Paul Rübig (PPE)

 Subject:  Islamist extremism
 Answer in writing 

Every two years, the Catholic charity Kirche in Not (Aid to the Church in Need) publishes a report on freedom of religion around the world. Although freedom of religion is guaranteed in law in the EU and its Member States, the most recent report described the global implications of a new upsurge in religiously motivated violence, which it referred to as ‘Islamist hyper-extremism’. Fundamentalist and militant organisations, rather than individual governments, are responsible for this, in particular in parts of the world where Islam is the dominant religion. Transnational Islamist groups (IS, Hamas, Hizb ut-Tahrir) and other groups of this kind are fuelling this tendency in Muslim countries. These groups, in particular the Society of the Muslim Brothers, have also formed a very active diaspora in Europe, from where they are building close networks in Muslim countries.

1. Is the Commission aware of this situation?2. Does the Commission believe that this Muslim hyper-extremism exists, and what action is it taking to protect Christians in third countries (reciprocity with regard to freedom of religion)?

3. Is freedom of religion a prerequisite for granting funding (of any sort) to third countries?

Original language of question: DE 
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