Current Event 8/18/12
Although the initial conversations were difficult because a negotiator was hard to find, talks have now been deemed a success, with many Muslim holidays becoming official days off, and more specific, faith-based religion classes. There is disagreement on how exclusive the religion classes would be, however, because of the traditionally interdenominational identity of Hamburg. Another issue is the construction of mosques and wearing of religious symbols by political individuals. However, the pact has been welcomed by churches in the area, and overall is seen as an excellent development for the state.