Sharia law for the west? As the threat from ISIS extremists grows, the European Union's head of foreign affairs and security policy Federica Mogherini has caused consternation by asserting that "political Islam" is a firm part of Europe's future. Responding to last month's brutal Islamist terror attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France, Mogherini dismissed the idea of a clash of civilizations and shot back at critics of mass immigration.
"Islam belongs in Europe. It holds a place in Europe's history, in our culture, in our food and – what matters most – in Europe's present and future," wrote Mogherini, before adding, "I am not afraid to say that political Islam should be part of the picture. Religion plays a role in politics – not always for good, not always for bad. Religion can be part of the process. What makes the difference is whether the process is democratic or not."