Germany’s Former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder stated that Islam is a part of all societies living in Europe by saying; “The fact that 16 million Muslims are living in Europe should be reminded to Europeans continuously.” Schroeder also added that Turkey is required as a member of EU; “This membership is vital for both parts. It is necessary for Europe’s welfare and safety. If Turkey’s membership is once achieved, then non-fundamentalist Islam and the values enlightening Europe will unite.”
Schroeder expressed that Turkey is highly valuable within Islamic world because of being a model as a secular, modern, Muslim country. “This is significant both for us and Muslim countries to allow them to become democratic and modern.” said Schroeder.