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Parliamentary questions
4 October 2011
E-008665/2011
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Mara Bizzotto (EFD)

 Subject: Consolidation of the Islamic Gülen movement within the EU
 Answer(s) 

The Turkish Islamic movement headed by the imam Fethullah Gülen is gradually consolidating its presence within the EU, especially in Member States with large Turkish immigrant communities. In Germany alone, the movement has opened at least 12 schools and 150 cultural centres and provides financial support to a great many Turkish companies based on German soil. Is the Commission aware of these facts?

According to eminent scholars, the Gülen movement is pursuing the secret aim of re-Islamicising Turkey by every means necessary, and that includes suppressing political dissent. The international press claims that Gülen’s network is directly responsible for the persecution of journalists currently taking place in Turkey. The abovementioned scholars also say that many of the students attending the movement’s schools are selected to be secretly initiated into a fundamentalist vision of Islam and later recruited to the movement to serve its covert political ends. In the light of the foregoing, does the Commission believe that it should conduct thorough investigations into the activities of the movement’s institutes set up within Europe?

Original language of question: ITOJ C 154 E, 31/05/2012
Last updated: 5 October 2011Legal notice