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Thorbjørn Jagland forsvarer kritikken som David Cameron, Angela Merkel og Nicolas Sarkozy har kommet med av det flerkulturelle samfunns toleranse, som er så grenseløs at det vokser frem parallelle samfunn.

“As we understand it now, multiculturalism allows parallel societies to develop within states,” said Thorbjørn Jagland, secretary-general of the council, in an interview with the Financial Times.

“This must be stopped. It is also clear that some parallel societies have developed radical ideas that are dangerous. Terrorism cannot be accepted.”

Uttalelsen stemmer dårlig overens med hva Jagland har sagt i andre sammenhenger, som da han angrep partisekretær Martin Kolberg for hans utspill om radikalisering.

I en presisering sier Jagland at han er for begge deler, både flerkultur og et felles verdigrunnlag.

Mr Jagland said the European leaders had opened an “important debate” that needed to be pursued. “We must be careful that we do not misunderstand multiculturalism, because diversity of cultures is desirable,” he said. “But we need to focus on what will hold our society together.”

Council of Europe warns on multiculturalism