Radical partners?

Conservative Islamic Associations and Foreign Influence


The Mideast Freedom Forum Berlin (MFFB) and Gitta Connemann, deputy chairwoman of the CDU/CSU invited to an expert's discussion 

Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 6.00 - 7.30 p.m.

Deutscher Bundestag Berlin, Paul Löbe Haus, Room 4.700

Gitta Connemann, Fritz Felgentreu, Christoph de Vries, Ahmad Mansour, Ulrike Becker, Susanne Schröter, Michael Leutert, Oliver Luksic

The German Islam Conference (DIK), initiated 12 years ago by the then Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, is the Federal government's central forum for the dialogue of the German state with Muslims in Germany. The fourth phase of the Islam Conference will start in late November 2018. While up to now mainly large Islamic umbrella organizations have been involved, in the fourth phase also individuals are involved, who engage themselves outside the large umbrella organizations.

Some of the Islamic associations in the German Islam Conference are under foreign influence. One of them is the DITIB Association, which is under the oversight of the “Directorate of Religious Affairs” or “Diyanet”, an official institution of the Turkish State. Another association is the “Islamic Community of Shi'ite Communities” (IGS). According to the German government this association is under “extremist influence” while its chairman belongs to the "political religious establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran".

With our guests we want to discuss the following questions: Which Islamic partners do we need for the promotion of democracy? What kind of dialogue supports democracy? What influence do radical regimes have on Muslims in Germany?


Our Guests

  • Ahmad Mansour, Dipl.-Psychologist, Author. Founder and executive director of "MIND Prevention"
  • Prof. Dr. Susanne Schröter, Professor for ethnology at the Goethe-University in Frankfurt/Main
  • Christoph de Vries, CDU
  • Fritz Felgentreu, SPD
  • Michael Leutert, Left Party
  • Oliver Luksic, FDP
  • Welcome: Gitta Connemann, CDU
  • Chair: Ulrike Becker, MFFB

    Press Release: Radical Partners - Cooperation with Islamic Associations criticized at debate in the Bundestag