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Belgium

There’s a useful update on the EU’s host country from the Wall Street Journal including this interesting electoral snippet: ”But then the Socialists began taking note of Belgium’s Muslim community, some 500,000 strong. In Brussels, notes Joël Rubinfeld of the Atlantis Institute think tank, half of the Socialist Party’s 26-member slate in the city’s 75-seat parliament is Muslim.” There’s nothing wrong with that in principle (in fact as a measure of integration it can be seen as encouraging), but to read this sentence is to wonder who, exactly, is integrating whom: “ In the commune of Molenbeek, longstanding Socialist mayor Philippe Moureaux has made Halal meals standard in all schools; police officers are also barred from eating or drinking on the streets during Ramadan.”

More (including discussion of the Brussels Journal case) here.

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