Immigrants must adapt to local values

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Has a new day dawned in Europe? With attitudes toward Palestinians becoming more unfavorable and France planning to expel illegal aliens, perhaps reality is seeping in. Even the EU, normally in utter thrall to political correctness, is coming around. Reuters reports:

Immigrants must adhere to European values if they want to settle in Europe, EU president Austria said on Thursday, stepping with strong language into a sensitive debate on how to treat the bloc's Muslim population.

"There are certain things that lie at the heart of Europe and if people want to be part of Europe they should sign up to these things. We all agreed on this," Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel said after EU leaders discussed migration.

"It is very important for somebody who is coming to our countries to learn the language and sign up to the values, the human rights, the position of women, the rule of law. There is no compromise on this," Schuessel told a news conference.

"Integration is necessary but nobody is asking you to give up your religion or your identity," he said.

Hat tip: Joe Crowley

Thomas Lifson  6 17 06

Has a new day dawned in Europe? With attitudes toward Palestinians becoming more unfavorable and France planning to expel illegal aliens, perhaps reality is seeping in. Even the EU, normally in utter thrall to political correctness, is coming around. Reuters reports:

Immigrants must adhere to European values if they want to settle in Europe, EU president Austria said on Thursday, stepping with strong language into a sensitive debate on how to treat the bloc's Muslim population.

"There are certain things that lie at the heart of Europe and if people want to be part of Europe they should sign up to these things. We all agreed on this," Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel said after EU leaders discussed migration.

"It is very important for somebody who is coming to our countries to learn the language and sign up to the values, the human rights, the position of women, the rule of law. There is no compromise on this," Schuessel told a news conference.

"Integration is necessary but nobody is asking you to give up your religion or your identity," he said.

Hat tip: Joe Crowley

Thomas Lifson  6 17 06