On New Year’s Eve, in the German city of Cologne, over 600 women were sexually assaulted, mugged or raped.
It was – and is – a night of unmitigated horror. There are countless accounts from women who were suffocated with dread and fear the minute they exited Cologne central station, where the attacks were carried out. Similarly from bystanders who attempted to intervene.
It has left the city, and the nation, in shock and its reverberations will extend well beyond Europe’s borders.
Twenty-two asylum seekers are among the 31 suspects and their crimes are being considered, by some, as proof of Angela Merkel’s open borders policy (under which Germany accepted 1.1 million refugees last year) being flawed.