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Thomas de Maiziere

German minister upsets fellow conservatives by proposing Muslim holidays

BERLIN: German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere has upset fellow members of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc by proposing that Germany introduce Muslim public holidays. Germany is home to around four million Muslims, most of whom have a Turkish background. Many of the more than a million migrants who have arrived in the country from the Middle East and elsewhere over the last two years are Muslims. Speaking on the campaign trail ahead of an election in the northern state of Lower Saxony due on Sunday,…