The purpose of this special issue is to explore the many aspects of the relationship between Europe and Islam. The goal is to provide insights to help policymakers navigate the current debate – to recognise where there are simple misunderstandings and where there are real problems to be solved. The conclusion to the debate is not written. European politics has a long way to go before it adapts fully to the presence of Islamic immigrants; Europeans will work long to stabilise relations with Islamic countries on their borders as well. There is nothing surprising in the predicament. But successful reconciliation cannot be taken for granted either. It is necessary to take stock of the situation, measure progress and regress, and look for new ways to move forward.
Keywords: Islam, Europe