Pro-refugee politician stabbed

A German mayoral candidate active in helping refugees was seriously wounded on Saturday in what police described as a stabbing with a “racist political” motive, heaping further pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel over the refugee crisis.

The German leader expressed her “shock” over the attack, which took place in the western city of Cologne, and left mayoral hopeful Henriette Reker with serious neck wounds.

The incident took place in an atmosphere of growing tension in Germany where Ms. Merkel’s open-door policy towards Syrian refugees has faced a backlash from her conservative allies and spawned a growing number of vocal protests by the far-right. So far this year, more than 6,30,000 people have landed on Europe’s shores. — AFP

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