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The Guardian - United Kingdom | 10/01/2016

Right-wing populists exploiting Cologne victims

Following the attacks on women on New Year's Eve in Cologne and other cities, the German government announced on the weekend that it would tighten asylum laws and reinforce the police and judiciary: The incidents must not be allowed to destroy Germany's "Willkommenskultur" (welcome culture), Doris Akrap writes in the centre-left daily The Guardian: "Nobody ever said that the refugees, even when they were wrapped in insulation blankets after arriving over the Mediterranean, were all angels. But my fear is that Willkommenskultur could end up as nothing more than a slogan. The people who always wanted it to fail, who believe in a Germans-only state, are abusing the fears and insecurities we all have over the background of the new arrivals. And more than that, they are abusing the dozens of women who were victims of assault on New Year's Eve."

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