“Switzerland’s vote to ban minarets is a disaster for its image, write German commentators. The vote doesn’t just reflect a fear of ‘Islamization’ but also shows that setbacks in recent years have shaken its national self-confidence. But Germans would probably vote the same way, warn some observers.”
David Crossland translates passages of commentary from some of the major papers at Spiegel Online. Meantime, the Atlantic Wire has a rather chilling roundup of defenses of the ban from the US the UK. On the one hand, compared to the suitably robust roundup of opinion “damning” the ban, it’s a straggly bunch, while on the other, we have to keep in mind that these are the defenders willing to out themselves.