Angela Merkel takes part in anti-islamophobia rally

Now here's a European leader actually trying to lead:

Merkel pledges to stand against intolerance as she joins Muslim rally

German chancellor joins Muslim community in condemning Paris killings and admonishing growing anti-Islamic movement

Angela Merkel has condemned the marginalisation of Muslims and other groups as “humanly reprehensible”, pledging that her government would use all the means at its disposal to fight intolerance.


Germany - Anti Muslim rallies and counter rallies

PEGIDA anti-Islam Rally

I've got a quiet admiration for Germany - they seem to be a hard working, productive no nonsense type of nation that doesn't fall for the normal marketing tricks.

However recently there has been a phenomenon of large rallies taking place across Germany:

Germany PEGIDA protests: Rallies over 'Islamisation'

Supporters and opponents of a group campaigning against what it sees as the "Islamisation" of Europe have held rival rallies across Germany.

There have been weekly protests by the Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West (Pegida) since October.

A record 18,000 people turned out on Monday at one rally in Dresden.