German politician calls for bar on foreign mosque financing

A senior figure in one of Germany's governing parties is calling for an "Islam law" that would prevent foreign financing of mosques in the country.

Andreas Scheuer, the Christian Social Union's general secretary, argued in an interview with the daily Die Welt published Wednesday that "political Islam" undermines efforts to integrate people in Germany.

He said financing of mosques or Islamic kindergartens from foreign countries such as Turkey and Saudi Arabia must be stopped, and that "all imams must be trained in Germany and share our fundamental values." Scheuer was quoted as saying that "German must become the language of the mosques."

The CSU is the Bavaria-only sister party to Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Union and has criticized Merkel for not doing more to curb the migrant influx.