Austrian foreign minister Sebastian Kurz
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Austria passes controversial reforms to Islam law

The Austrian parliament has passed controversial reforms to the country's century-old law on Islam.

The changes include a ban on foreign funding for mosques and imams, and is partly aimed at tackling Islamist radicalism.

But Muslim groups say the ban on foreign funding is unfair as international support is still permitted for the Christian and Jewish faiths.

The 1912 law made Islam an official religion in Austria.

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said: "We created this law to make it possible to be a proud Austrian and a believing Muslim at the same time".

  • 25 Feb 2015
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