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‘Muslim for German chancellor? Why not?’ Remark by senior MP in Merkel’s party triggers backlash

A high-ranking MP from Angela Merkel’s ruling party said that a Muslim could become German chancellor by 2030, making headlines across the nation and triggering a furious backlash.
Ralph Brinkhaus, who leads the Christian Democrats (CDU) in the German parliament, could have avoided making front-page news had he not been asked one particular question from evangelical news outlet Idea. They wanted to know if a Muslim could lead the party and become chancellor in the next 10 years or so, and he said the following:

Why not, if he’s a good politician, and he represents our values and our political views?

The center-right CDU party, led by Chancellor Angela Merkel – the daughter of an East German pastor – has long been proud of the letter ‘C’ which stands for Christian values. But for Brinkhaus, human values are more important than religious beliefs.

“The CDU is not a religious community – that is what distinguishes us from the Catholic Church, of which I am member,” he reportedly said.

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