Ulrich Schmiedel explains how Christianity became the motive to “save Europe” for both those for and against refugees

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The arrival of significant numbers of refugees in 2015 caused a European crisis of identity, including over religion, says German theologian Ulrich Schmiedel. He explains how Christianity became the motive to “save Europe” for both those for and against refugees. 

When German chancellor Angela Merkel announced in September 2015 that Germany would welcome Syrian refugees, she rapidly and radically raised the temperature of public debate over refugees both inside and outside Germany. Her stance called for a strong and striking decision: Either refugees are welcomed in Europe or they are not. There was no middle ground

Period9 Mar 2018

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  • TitleReligion Is Key to Europe’s Identity Crisis Over Refugees
    Media name/outletDigital article
    Media typeWeb
    Duration/Length/SizeApprox. 3 minutes read time
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Date9/03/18
    DescriptionThe arrival of significant numbers of refugees in 2015 caused a European crisis of identity, including over religion, says German theologian Ulrich Schmiedel. He explains how Christianity became the motive to “save Europe” for both those for and against refugees.
    PersonsUlrich Schmiedel