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The Independent - United Kingdom | Monday, January 11, 2016

Government should focus on its citizens now

To prevent the attacks in Cologne from leading to a shift to the right the German left must be more open to people's fears, the centre-left daily The Independent believes: "Even if the far-right is using the Cologne attacks for their agenda, it doesn't mean ordinary people don't have legitimate concerns. It isn't enough to say that German women faced sexual assault from white German men too, one doesn't excuse the other. … If the Left ignores the concerns of ordinary Germans after the Cologne attacks, that would be far worse for everyone, including refugees. It would let the far-right set the agenda and gain more public support. The first priority of any government is the well-being of its citizens, and the German government cannot be blamed if it focuses on that."

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