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    Smaller Minarets Win Approval for Huge Cologne Mosque

    Authorities in Cologne have given the green light for the construction of what will be one of Europe’s biggest mosques after Germany’s main Muslim group agreed to shorten the minarets.

    The Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB)’s original plans for two 55-metre (180-feet) minarets were rejected but on Thursday night the more modest plans were approved by the western city’s council.

    Plans for the mosque in Cologne, whose massive Gothic cathedral dominates the skyline and where 12 percent of the population are Muslims, have been on the cards for more than a year.

    There are now 159 mosques in Germany, compared to just three in 1990, to serve a Muslim minority that numbers close to 3.5 million, most of them Turkish of origin.

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    Hmm, it looks like there has been quite a rapid growth in mosque building in Germany...

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    159 mosques in Germany
    Which means some enterprising young, or old, German could, over the course of 365 days, accidently burn them down.

    I wonder if the Norwegian government would be willing to trade Germany their Black Metal fans for a year?
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    159 mosques in Germany
    There are more than 2600 mosques and the same number is under construction. The number of Muslims here is about 7 million - and rising.
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