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ITALY Over the past decade, Islam has become Italy's second-largest religion — yet it has never achieved official government recognition. But now Italian Interior Minister Giuseppe Pisanu is launching negotiations with Muslim leaders that would sanction religious holidays, schools, weddings and the right to receive state funding. In an interview with TIME, Pisanu revealed plans to convene an "Islamic Italian Council" of Muslim leaders, echoing recent efforts in France. Though Islam is Italy's fastest-growing religion, the vast majority of the country's...

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