Saxony’s premier Tillich says Islam is not part of Germany

In an interview published on Sunday, Tillich told the paper Welt am Sonntag that he did not hold Chancelor Angela Merkel’s recently expressed view that Islam was a part of Germany.

“I do not share this opinion,” Tillich said. “Muslims are welcome in Germany and can practice their religion. But this does not meant that Islam is part of Saxony.”

Tillich’s remarks come amid a series of weekly marches by the “anti-Islamization” group PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West) in the Saxon capital, Dresden…