Henriette Reker, an independent mayoral candidate backed by Chancellor Angela Merkel was stabbed and seriously wounded by a man who was open in his anti-immigrant views.
from The Christian Science Monitor:
Henriette Reker was stabbed in the neck at a campaign stand set up by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats at a market. Her condition was stable, police chief Wolfgang Albers said.
Reker is an independent candidate in Sunday’s election for the new mayor of Germany’s fourth-biggest city, but is backed by Merkel’s conservatives and two other parties. The 58-year-old currently heads Cologne’s social affairs and integration department, and is responsible for refugee housing.
The suspected assailant, a 44-year-old German national and Cologne resident who said he had been unemployed for several years, told officials that he targeted Reker and that “he wanted to and did commit this act because of anti-foreigner motives,” Wagner said. He added that the man appeared to have acted alone and had no police record.
Things are going to get worse before they get better, if they ever do. Despots such as Putin, the Iranian Mullahs, and the Saudi Monarchy, while they are fighting each other, also see the chaos that they unleash as simultaneously damaging the West, and the more they sew the seeds of discord, the less the Europeans (and us) can respond in a coherent and effective manner. While their motivations might be different, they all see the nightmare that is unfolding as a feature and not a bug.