Controversial Assaults in Germany

It was a cold New Year’s Eve in Cologne, Germany. Many people have gathered outside of the main square near the Cologne Central Train Station and are celebrating the New Year with friends and family. Since Germany made the promise to bring in one million Syrian refugees by the end of 2015, it has been chaotic in many parts of the country, the main square of Cologne being no exception. Throughout the night, there were a reported 121 incidents of robbery and sexual assault with two reports of rape. Many of the women who reporting being assaulted claim that they were swarmed by large groups of non-European men, who were identified as speaking Arabic and North African languages.  This has created conflict between German political parties, as the far right party blames German chancellor Angela Merkel for her open-door policy towards refugees, claiming it has socially disrupted the country’s otherwise stable socioeconomic system. There has also been debate as to whether the German government is keeping similar situations under wraps in order to avoid scrutiny towards their social tolerance. This event has also led politicians around the world to rethink their policies and programs on refugees and immigration suggesting that the actions of a few could eventually ruin the freedom of many.

Jack Killinger

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