German goods escaping boycott: trade lobby

7th February 2006, Comments 0 comments

7 February 2006, BERLIN - There has so far been no widespread boycotting of German goods in Islamic countries following anger and unrest over cartoons depicted the Muslim Prophet Mohammed, a German foreign trade lobby said Tuesday.

7 February 2006

BERLIN - There has so far been no widespread boycotting of German goods in Islamic countries following anger and unrest over cartoons depicted the Muslim Prophet Mohammed, a German foreign trade lobby said Tuesday.

"Such calls for a boycott are not usually very fruitful," said Andre Schwarz, head of the Federation of German Wholesale and Foreign Trade in a Deutsche Welle TV interview.

Schwarz said he did not have any negative reports from German companies based in Islamic countries or doing business with Muslim regions.

There have been widespread boycotts of goods from Denmark after Danish newspapers last year published cartoons of Mohammed, including one depicting the Prophet with a bomb and a burning fuse wrapped in his turban.

It is against Muslim belief to depict the Prophet in any manner. The cartoon of Mohammed was printed by several German newspapers including on the front page of Berlin daily Die Welt.

DPA

Subject: German news

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