Muslims will soon outnumber Christians in Europe, a Belgian minister has claimed.
Speaking at a hearing into the Brussels attacks, Koen Geens said the European Community may not realise it “but this is the reality”.
His comments were followed by Belgian deputy prime minister Jan Jambon warning against Europeans “making an enemy of Islam” describing it as “the worst thing we can do”.
Speaking at the EU Parliament, Mr Geens said: “In Europe, very shortly we’re soon going to have more practising Muslims than practising Christians.”
“That is not because there are too many Muslims, it is because Christian are generally less practising¿ Europe does not realise this, but this is the reality.
Mr Jambon then added: “I’ve said a thousand times, the worst thing we can do is to make an enemy of Islam. That is the very worst thing we could do.
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Elsewhere in his speech, Mr Geens said: “terrorists are using Viber, WhatsApp, Twitter, Skype or Facebook to communicate with each other."
He told EU lawmakers that in the past governments could rely on telecommunications operators to cooperate with investigators, but that social media firms haven't been as forthcoming.
Mr Geens said "communication with these providers is far from optimal, and that has been a major obstacle for the investigations."
He said "the EU needs to step in urgently to coordinate national responses and a discussion with providers."
Europe will 'soon have more Muslims than Christians': Belgium warns against 'making an enemy of Islam' at Brussels attacks hearing
April 26, 2016
Minister Koen Geens said Europe 'may not realise this but this is the reality’