The Dutch social scientist Ruud Koopmans has made fun of German reactions to the Swiss referendum on the ban on full-face veils. In a tweet, Koopmans, who researches integration at Humboldt University and the WZB in Berlin and became known for a major study on religious fundamentalism, wrote: “Help, Germany is surrounded by Nazis.”
It ironically draws attention to the fact that Germany’s migration and integration policy is not only characterised by a particular negligence towards Islamic fundamentalism. Even in Muslim-majority Morocco, a ban on the sale of burqas was reported in 2017. In Germany, however, this political negligence is also backed up by a snobbishly moralising public opinion that tends to school other countries. “Once again, the world must be healed by the German spirit,” Koopmans writes. With his tweet, he is reacting to a tweet by former Zeit editor and Taz columnist Mohamed Amjahid, who claims that Switzerland has “democratically stumbled over the far-right fringe”.