On the last New Year’s Eve some cities in Germany faced a series of assaults towards women in public places. During the following days the repercussion of the matter grew on newspapers and magazines. The perpetrators of the assaults were described as Arab and North African by the victims, which raised the public debate about German immigration policies. Starting from this event, I intended in this article to generally describe the public debate as far as I follow it from Berlin and suggest possible flaws in the German government. I conclude with measures that could prevent cases like the one that happened on New Year’s Eve, protecting women and citizens.
Text by Laura Ammann