Tuesday, January 12, 2016
"Cologne Attacks Trigger Raw Debate on Immigration in Germany"
Germany, and Europe, are in a bit of trouble with immigration...
The staff of the German publication Der Spiegel have this to say:
"But this hectic, fervid and, at times, hysteric, week has also been about much more: Namely it has been about all of the issues that the right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany (AfD) and the xenophobic movement Pegida have been shouting about for months. It was about Merkel's refugee policies and the upper limit for refugees demanded by her conservative Bavarian allies. Added to that was the perpetual problem of violence against women. It was about the integration of foreigners, the danger of a societal split over the refugee question and a shift to the right in Germany. But it was also about the quality of the work done by the police and about a state being unequal to the task facing it. It is a lot to think about. The role of the 'lying press' can't be forgotten either. And yet, it still isn't entirely clear what actually happened on New Year's Eve in Cologne."