Anti-Islam group PEGIDA is part of Germany, vice chancellor says

February 4, 2015 4:36 PM

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BERLIN (Reuters) - The anti-Islam group PEGIDA, whose weekly rallies have brought up to 25,000 onto the streets in the east German city of Dresden, is a part of Germany and should not be ignored, Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said in an interview published on Wednesday.

PEGIDA, which stands for Patriotic Europeans Against the Polarisation of the West, rattled the political establishment in Berlin but now looks set to fade after most of its leaders quit last week due to infighting.

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