Speaking at an emergency congress of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party in Wittenburg, Chancellor Angela Merkel said playing the flute on Christmas Eve is something that could contribute to containing Islamization in Germany, the German news network n-tv reported.
Commenting on the Alternative for Germany party’s concerns about ‘unconstitutional elements’ in Islamic law, Merkel admitted that such fears are really in place, but that German citizens should address these challenges by supporting Christian traditions in their lives.
“I’m quite serious. Otherwise, we will lose a piece of our Motherland,” Merkel said in response to those who quipped at her call to perform Christmas songs to a flute accompaniment.
In an interview with Sputnik’s German edition, Beatrix von Storch, Member of European Parliament and deputy head of the right-wing party Alternative for Germany, remained downbeat about Merkel’s piece of advice.
“Yes, I think it’s a great idea, it’s great when people sing Christmas songs, and I also do it. But thinking that you can stop the Islamization of Germany by playing the flute is too much,” she said.