Czech President MiloÅ¡ Zeman
Czech president Milos Zeman, known for his fiery anti-migrant rhetoric, claimed on Sunday it was â€œpractically impossibleâ€ to integrate the Muslim community into European society.
â€œThe experience of western European countries which have ghettos and excluded localities shows that the integration of the Muslim community is practically impossible,â€ Zeman said in a televised interview.
â€œLet them have their culture in their countries and not take it to Europe, otherwise it will end up like Cologne,â€ he added, referring to the mass New Yearâ€™s Eve assaults on women in Germany and elsewhere.
â€œIntegration is possible with cultures that are similar, and the similarities may vary,â€ pointing out that the Vietnamese and Ukrainian communities had been able to integrate into Czech society.
Zeman, a 71-year-old leftwinger and the first-ever directly elected president of the Czech Republic, has repeatedly spoken out against the surge of migrant and refugee arrivals in Europe.