Merkel links "no-go zones" phenomenon with crime

On 26 February, Chancellor Angela Merkel confirmed the emergence of the  ‘no-go zones’ phenomenon in Germany, though their existence has so far been dismissed as a myth political elites. Merkel said it was time to designate things by their "real name", yet she linked this phenomenon with crime alone failing to mention its connection with illegal migration, in spite of that fact that while organized crime has an old history in Western Europe, the no-go zones have only occurred in the past decade.

Rainer Wendt, the head of the German police union, also warned of the formation of these zones, while underlining that the government has so far overlooked the problem. According to the German Federal Office of the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) around 420 Islamists considered the "threat" are currently living in Berlin alone, which is four times the number in 2011. Although overall security measures are increasing, their effectiveness is hampered by the reluctance of the government to fully address sensitive migration-related problems. It is likely that Merkel adopted a tougher stance on the issue in the light of the AfD becoming the second strongest political party, mainly due to their tough anti-migration stance which attracted former CDU/CSU supporters.

About author: Jakub Maděránek


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