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Has Germany's welcome culture failed?

In the wake of the mass attacks on women on New Year's Eve in Cologne, politicians and the media are discussing what should be done with criminal foreigners. Should Germany now revise its refugee policy?

The Irish Independent - Ireland | Sunday, 17. January 2016

Ridiculous contortions after Cologne attacks

Politicians simply don't want to accept the reality of what happened on New Year's Eve in Germany, columnist Ian O'Doherty writes in the conservative daily The Irish Independent: » more

Libération - France | Thursday, 14. January 2016

Le Pen appropriates feminism for her own ends

The leader of the far-right Front National, Marine Le Pen, denounced on Wednesday in the liberal business paper L'Opinion the sexual attacks in Cologne, and portrayed her party as a defender of women's freedoms. Now the FN is using feminism for its own ends, the centre-left daily Libération writes in anger: » more

Adevârul - Romania | Friday, 15. January 2016

Germany is Europe's therapist

There's a psychological explanation for the gloating on the part of opponents of Germany's refugee policy over the events on New Year's Eve in Cologne, Eugen Hriscu writes on the blog portal of the conservative daily Adevârul: » more

The Daily Telegraph - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 12. January 2016

German elite suppressing the truth

The fuss in Germany over the new edition of Adolph Hitler's book Mein Kampf and the reactions of politicians and the media to the assaults on women on New Year's Eve in Cologne make it clear that Germany's leaders still have qualms about confronting the German people with the truth, the conservative paper The Daily Telegraph contends: » more

Blog Mozgástér - Hungary | Tuesday, 12. January 2016

Women's safety sacrificed for economic goals

In the light of the events on New Year's Eve in Cologne it would only be natural to stop the influx of refugees, however Western Europe is refusing to do this for economic reasons, István Kovács writes on blog portal Mozgástér: » more

Main focus of Tuesday, 12. January 2016

How should Germany react to Cologne?

Twelve days into the new year the debate over the right response to the attacks in Cologne continues. Some warn that the left in particular ... » more

Göteborgs-Posten - Sweden | Tuesday, 12. January 2016

Do not underestimate cultural differences

The sexual assaults in Cologne on New Year's Eve and similar incidents at music festivals in Sweden are the result of cultural differences regarding the perception of women, the liberal daily Göteborgs-Posten comments: » more

Blog Katrin Rönicke - Germany | Monday, 11. January 2016

State's mistakes swept under the carpet

In reaction to the events on New Year's Eve in Cologne, Germany's grand coalition wants to tighten legislation on deportation and residency requirements for asylum seekers and those allowed to remain for humanitarian reasons. That is no solution to the problem, blogger Katrin Rönicke believes: » more

The New York Times - U.S. | Saturday, 9. January 2016

Global perspectives: Germany must give up reckless humanitarianism

The attacks on women on New Year's Eve were nothing less than a warning shot, the liberal daily the New York Times is convinced: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Monday, 11. January 2016

Germany's calm reaction good for Europe

Following the sexual assaults in Cologne and other German cities Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced plans to examine the introduction of more stringent regulations for the deportation of criminal foreigners. Fortunately Germany is reacting calmly rather than suddenly sealing off its borders, the centre-left daily La Repubblica comments: » more

Kristeligt Dagbladet - Denmark | Friday, 8. January 2016

Fatal blow for culture of welcoming?

The mass assaults on women on New Year's Eve in Cologne could end up changing Germany's migration policy, comments the Christian daily Kristeligt Dagbladet: » more

Jutarnji list - Croatia | Monday, 11. January 2016

Mrs Merkel: yes you can!

Angela Merkel must not give up yet, urges the liberal daily Jutarnji list: » more

Krónika - Romania | Sunday, 10. January 2016

Deport those unwilling to integrate

The response to the sexual assaults in Cologne and other cities on New Year's Eve must be a tougher asylum policy, the daily newspaper Krónika demands: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Sunday, 10. January 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: » more

De Morgen - Belgium | Friday, 8. January 2016

Free white West also sexist

Following the sexual assaults in Cologne, Belgium plans to introduce courses in which refugees learn how to deal respectfully with women. The left-liberal daily De Morgen approves but feels the courses are appropriate for a far larger target group: » more

La Stampa - Italy | Friday, 8. January 2016

Merkel must allay shocked Germans' fears

In the wake of the sexual assaults on New Year's Eve in Cologne the German government is discussing taking a harder line against asylum seekers found guilty of a crime. Angela Merkel promised that the crimes would not go unpunished. But the Germans appear to have lost their faith in the chancellor's omnipotence, the liberal daily La Stampa fears: » more

Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Friday, 8. January 2016

Cologne: Stop beating around the bush

The media and the police must finally explain what really happened in Cologne on New Year's Eve so that the consequences may be drawn, the liberal daily Dagens Nyheter demands: » more

Kurier - Austria | Thursday, 7. January 2016

Society trivialises sexual assaults

The large number of incidents of sexual harassment and assault in Cologne on New Year's Eve shed light on a long-neglected problem, the liberal daily Kurier writes. "Whereas in America awareness of 'street harassment' is slowly growing, in German-speaking countries there still isn't even an appropriate term to describe it. Harassment? That still depends too much on the observer's point of view. And where there's no term for a problem, there's no problem at all - or at least no awareness of it. For example consider the debate here in Austria about the so-called bum-pinching paragraph [paragraph 128 of the Austrian penal code], which shows that even today there is still no social consensus that this constitutes sexual harassment and consequently a criminal offence. And perhaps that also explains why it took the police in Cologne so long to detect a problem at all. ... Women have to accept that things like that can happen: » more

Spiegel Online - Germany | Wednesday, 6. January 2016

Concern for women just covert racism

The calls, mainly on social networks, for people to travel to Cologne to protect women after the assaults there are a sham, writes blogger Sascha Lobo on the Spiegel Online website: » more

Jyllands-Posten - Denmark | Thursday, 7. January 2016

Dangerous men from foreign cultures

The incidents on New Year's Eve in Cologne are a sign of failed integration, writes the liberal-conservative daily Jyllands-Posten, drawing parallels with Denmark: » more

Der Tagesspiegel - Germany | Wednesday, 6. January 2016

Attacks in Cologne fuel anger

A large number of women were robbed and sexually molested by groups of men on New Year's Eve in Cologne and other German cities. The police have received complaints from more than 90 women who all claim that the perpetrators were of Arab or North African descent. But blanket judgements should be avoided, the centre-right daily Der Tagespiegel warns: » more


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