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North Rhine-Westphalia distances itself from Islamic group DITIB
by Christian Wolf
Cooperation with the Turkish-German Islamic association DITIB is on the brink of collapse. Germany's most populous state is considering not signing the planned contract with DITIB over religious education.
Until recently, the Islamic association known as DITIB was welcomed as a political partner. With around 900 mosque congregations across Germany, the Turkish Islamic Union for Religious Affairs has long been an important point of contact.
However, since Turkey started to crack down on critics of its president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, politicians in Germany have started wondering whether DITIB, which is very close to the Turkish government, is still an appropriate partner.
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