A mosque for Athens

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There should be no sec­ond thoughts re­gard­ing the con­struc­tion of an Is­lamic place of wor­ship in Athens and this long-de­layed project must fi­nally go ahead. In fact, the con­struc­tion of a mosque for the Greek cap­i­tal’s Mus­lim com­mu­nity is man­dated by the coun­try’s Con­sti­tu­tion, as well as in­ter­na­tional treaties and Euro­pean Union reg­u­la­tions. The pro­vi­sion al­low­ing build­ing work to go ahead was also ap­proved by a strong ma­jor­ity in Par­lia­ment. Sure, there are also sym­bolic rea­sons why Greece’s foot-drag­ging must stop. The fact is that by bring­ing this project to a con­clu­sion, the coun­try will be in a bet­ter po­si­tion to pro­tect its in­ter­ests. Athens would be much bet­ter off with an of­fi­cial place for Mus­lims to wor­ship at than with the dozens of makeshift – and il­le­gal – mosques that it has to­day, which could po­ten­tially pro­vide fer­tile ground for ex­trem­ist el­e­ments.

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