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Posted Wednesday, February 28, 2007
A Europe of many faiths and ethnic backgrounds is a fact of life. Here are 5 ways to make it work better

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(London, February 15, 2007) — In this week's issue, TIME's Jumana Farouky writes, "The real issue facing Europe is multiculturalism — using that word not as a policy option, but as a fact. The world contains over 5,000 ethnocultural groups, and technology, cheap airfares and the global economy have scattered them around the planet, in countless combinations. Since the immigrant waves in the '50s and '60s, European nations have been looking for different ways to blend different people of different cultures into successful, peaceful societies. All had the same goal: a society that gives equal opportunity and equal respect, regardless of race, creed, color or faith. Forty years on, that society still doesn't exist."

But multiculturalism is with us to stay. So the question is how to make it work for Europe. This isn't about — at least, not just about — stamping out Islamic extremism. This is about the day-to-day interactions of a diverse Europe — at work, in school, on the streets.

TIME highlights five ways in which Europe can turn its multicultural reality into something which enriches the continent — rather than tear it apart:

Save the veils: A U.S.-style hands-off approach keeps church and state separate, but still gives the faithful a space in mainstream society: lift statewide bans on the veil (and all other religious symbols), but leave decisions on dress codes to individual institutions and organizations.

Get a better view from the top: A detailed ethnic breakdown isn't just essential to understanding what citizen's need now — it's also the only way to predict what they will need in the future.

Push people up: Instead of relying on sweeping national policies and laws aimed at all minorities, schemes tailored to groups within groups can better match the right people and the right jobs.

Make immigration smarter: If Europe can improve its policies on immigration, then maybe Europeans will improve their attitudes.

Think locally, act locally: Successful, long-lasting integration takes place in community clubs and children's play groups, bake sales and block parties.

Read the full story online at: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1590190,00.html

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TIME's 10 Questions for Carl Icahn: "I'm Really a Nice Guy"
It has been a busy few weeks for Carl Icahn, the billionaire financier who gained fame — some would say notoriety — in the 1980s by taking over TWA and agitating for change at the likes of Texaco and RJR Nabisco. While juggling his bids to get on the board of mobile-phone manufacturer Motorola and to buy car-parts maker Kear, Icahn, 71, took a break to talk with TIME's Barbara Kiviat about imperial CEOs, movies by mail and the one thing that no one ever gets about him. "I know some won't believe this, but I'm really a nice guy. I get along with many of these CEOs behind the scenes. We have dinner. Not Christmas dinner — but a lot of them, while they may not admit it, agree with me."

Jim Carrey Tells TIME: "Everyone Gets To Be the Big Joke for a Year.... Last Year it was Tom Cruise. I Could be the Next Kathie Lee Gifford"
In his first interview in which he talks about his spiritual enlightenment and the book he plans to write about it, Jim Carrey tells TIME contributor Joel Stein, "It will be more representative of who I am than anything I've ever done. I feel like I know something. These thoughts make me feel like I'm wearing gold shoes." Stein writes, "It's so awesomely awesome that [Carrey] just has to tell you about it. For hours. Even if you didn't ask."

'Is the Good Life Out of Reach?' asks TIME's Peter Gumbel
"If you believe the official statistics, these should be feel-good times in Western Europe. The economy is growing at its fastest pace since 2000, while inflation and interest rates remain low by historic standards and unemployment almost everywhere is falling," writes TIME's Peter Gumbel. But "far from enjoying the economic recovery, millions of workers are feeling squeezed, and their disgruntlement is becoming the hottest social and political issue of the day…from Madrid to Maastricht, it has become conventional wisdom that the introduction of the single currency has jacked up prices…Whatever the truth about inflation, the wage squeeze is real — and hard felt."

Story online at: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1590195,00.html

Niall Ferguson Reveals How Vladimir Putin is Using Oil to Rebuild Russia's Power
"You can say what you like about Russian President Vladimir Putin — although you'd be well advised to keep it polite — but he has certainly re-established his country's credibility as a great power," writes Niall Ferguson. "When I saw him speak at the recent international Conference on Security Policy in Munich, the Russian President gave a striking impersonation of Michael Corleone in Then Godfather — an embodiment of implicit menace… Like Michael Corleone, Putin aspires to be a businessman. His Russia is an energy empire, sitting on more than a quarter of the world's proven resources of natural gas, 17% of its coal and 6% of its oil… Quite simply, Russia is the only major power that has an interest in high energy prices. It is therefore the only major power with no interest in Middle Eastern stability," writes Ferguson


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