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Despite Refugee Attacks, Most Germans Don’t Blame Merkel

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Saagar Enjeti White House Correspondent
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Nearly 70 percent of Germans don’t blame German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open-door refugee policy for the slew of recent terrorist attacks, a recent survey says.

The survey follows the Dec. 19 truck attack by Tunisian refugee Anis Amri on a crowded Berlin Christmas market. The attack killed 12, and injured nearly 50. Amri was a known violent jihadi who German security services wanted to deport but couldn’t because the Tunisian government refused to verify his identity. After Amri was killed by Italian authorities on Dec. 22, videos surfaced online of him declaring his allegiance to the Islamic State.

Amri’s attack was only the latest in a string of high-profile terrorist incidents by refugees in Germany. Days before the Dec. 19 attack, German authorities arrested a 12-year-old Iraqi boy who planned on blowing up a Christmas market with a backpack nail bomb. The boy later confirmed he was carrying the attack out in the name of ISIS.

In another incident, a 17-year-old Afghan refugee took an axe and began hacking tourists on a train in June before German police neutralized the situation. The Afghan boy arrived in Germany unaccompanied and was placed with a German host family. After the attack, German authorities found an ISIS flag among his possessions.

The Syrian refugee debate in Germany focuses not only on counter-terrorism, but on troubling criminal incidents occurring all across Europe. German police documents indicate nearly 2,000 men, including many Syrian and Iraqi refugees, sexually assaulted 1,200 German women on New Year’s Eve 2015.

Berlin’s biggest pool was even forced to hire burly security guards to deter Muslim refugees from touching women. German civil society organizations also have created councils to teach refugees Western norms at pools — chief among these norms is not touching women.

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