In Cologne and other German cities, groups of young men robbed and sexually assaulted defenseless women on New Year's Eve, horrifying people across Germany. The political discussion of how to prevent such crimes in the future is heating up.
There has been a sharp rise in the number of sexual assaults reported in Bavaria this year and many of the accused offenders are foreigners. But are the numbers plausible? Experts say no.
Cologne police have increased security measures for New Year's celebrations after last year's sexual assaults. Authorities have also taken additional precautions in the wake of last week's terror attack in Berlin.
Germany rang in 2018 relatively peacefully amid heightened security and measures to protect women from sexual harassment. However, some clashes with police, firework deaths and harassment incidents were reported.
The German interior minister has called for answers at an inquiry on the mass sexual assaults in Cologne. Thomas de Maiziere acknowledged more needed to be done to prevent such an incident from happening again.
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