By definition, something that’s “counterproductive” achieves the opposite result from the one that you want to achieve. As I’ve pondered European Council President Charles Michel’s call for the creation of a European institute to train imams, it’s that word — counterproductive — that has come to mind again and again.

There’s nothing untoward, intrinsically speaking, to favor the establishment and development of Muslim institutions of religious authority in Europe. That simply follows an existing pattern for Muslim communities historically and worldwide.

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This article was originally published in Politico.