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Who funds Swiss mosques?
by Simon Bradley
Swiss mosques and Muslim associations are in the spotlight after concerns by parliamentarians over the opacity of their funding and possible foreign influence.
"It's naïve to say there is not a problem with the financing of Swiss mosques," Doris Fiala, a centre-right Radical parliamentarian, told swissinfo.ch. "We have no clue who is financing what. We don't know what money is coming in. There is no transparency."
Last week she handed in two motions to be discussed in Bern, each backed by 25 parliamentarians, which urge the authorities to improve what she describes as 'total opacity' surrounding the funding of religious communities in Switzerland, in particular mosques and Muslim associations.
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