Europe

German Police Are Too Soft, Really

Cologne sex attacks showed police are too few and too lenient.

Lax in Cologne.

Photographer: Sascha Schuermann/Getty Images

The outbreak of sexual crime in Cologne on New Year's Eve is turning into the latest big problem for Chancellor Angela Merkel's liberal stance on accepting refugees from the Middle East, but it has broader implications than that. A realization is dawning that Germany can no longer be policed in the lax way it has been.

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