The Central Council of Muslims in Germany was established in 1987 and includes several civil society groups as well as roughly 300 mosques throughout Germany. Sven Lilienström, founder of Faces of Democracy, spoke with Aiman Mazyek, the current head of the organization.

Mr Mazyek, democracy is for many Germans self evident. You were born here - what significance does democracy have for you personally?

I gave an interview to Das Parlament newspaper several years ago in which I said that "democracy is currently the best form of government." I still believe that. For me democracy provides the opportunity to live peacefully alongside and with one another while choosing our own way of life.

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