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Parliamentary question - E-014661/2015Parliamentary question

    The European Network on Religion and Belief (ENORB) und Tariq Ramadan

    Question for written answer E-014661-15
    to the Commission
    Rule 130
    Franz Obermayr (ENF)

    As has been mentioned in several earlier questions (e.g. No E-004047-14), the Brussels-based European Network on Religion and Belief (ENORB), an inter-faith think tank, has close ties with the Muslim Brotherhood. These ties are evident, in particular, in the fact that the Cordoba Foundation (UK), Islamic Forum Europe (UK) and the Muslim Brotherhood’s European umbrella organisation, the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (BE), were all founding members of ENORB.

    A look at the organisation’s membership reveals that it now includes, too, the European Muslim Network, which is also based in Belgium. This group was founded by Tariq Ramadan, who remains head of its board of trustees. Tariq Ramadan is a grandson of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hassan al-Banna, and one of the Brotherhood’s most prominent defenders. The connections with Islamic extremists thus become ever clearer.

    1. Is the Commission still in contact with ENORB, as it stated it was in its answer to question No E-004047-14?

    2. Is the Commission going to call on ENORB to spell out where it stands and to distance itself from Muslim Brotherhood ideology?