German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU) told Germans:
“We can’t stop the course of history. Everyone will have to deal with the fact that Islam has become a part of our country.”
While Schäuble said that Muslims in Germany needed to realize that they live in a country that was not shaped by Islamic traditions, he concluded:
“And the rest of the population has to accept that there is a growing proportion of Muslims in Germany.”
Wolfgang Schäuble is one of Angela Merkel’s most loyal old confidantes; he has served as the Federal Interior Minister under her 2005-2009; and as the Finance Minister from 2009 until present.