Merkel: Germany should not change food culture for Muslim migrants

Germany should not feel pressured to change its meat-heavy food culture to accommodate the preferences of migrants, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in her weekly video podcast on Saturday.

"We have to make sure that the diversity of our offerings, as we are accustomed to them, continues to be maintained," Merkel said.

Society can respect if someone has certain customs or rules, she said. "On the other hand that should not lead to restrictions for those who have other rules," she said.

Merkel was asked in the podcast to comment on suggestions that German school canteens should stop offering meals with pork out of respect for Muslims, for whom the eating of pork and pig products is forbidden under religious law.

"Tolerance also means that we do not now need to change our eating habits," Merkel said, adding that it was completely appropriate that it should be indicated where pork and pig products were used.

Merkel also praised moves to increase the integration of migrants into German society, stressing during the podcast that integration including the expectation that "they learn the German language and abide by our laws."

Last update: Sat, 09/07/2016 - 15:52
Author: 

More from Europe

Norway: No suspects linked to stolen gate from former Nazi camp

Norwegian police said Saturday they had no suspects linked to the find of a gate believed to have been stolen in...

Scottish village gets 384,000-pound gift from former German POW

A village in Scotland has received a gift of 384,000 pounds (489,000 dollars) from a German soldier who was held...

German police record 877 attacks against refugee homes this year

There have been 877 attacks against refugee homes in Germany so far in 2016, police said Saturday, suggesting that...

Christmas tree thieves in Germany drunkenly stumble into police

Two drunk Christmas tree thieves in the south-western German city of Ulm were caught red-handed when they were...

Two migrants die in Austria while hiding in freight train

Two migrants have died in Austria while hiding in a goods train, police said on Saturday.