The dream of an "open borders" Europe is dying a hard death, hastened by an unprecedented wave of crime by Muslim migrants that swept through several cities New Year's Eve. German officials have revealed that more than 600 criminal complaints—many of which involved sexual attacks on women—have been filed in Cologne and other German cities after a series of mass assaults on New Year's Eve. Though some European cities initially tried to cover up the incidents, apparently for political purposes, police are now stating openly that most of the suspects are Middle Eastern and North African migrants.
According to officials, 516 criminal complaints were filed in Cologne, where the worst of the attacks occurred, and 133 were filed in Hamburg. Around 40 percent of the complaints in Cologne involved sexual offenses, two of which were rapes.
"The attacks, mostly targeting women and ranging from theft to sexual molestation, have prompted a highly-charged debate in Germany about its welcoming stance for refugees and migrants, more than one million of whom arrived last year," reports Reuters. "The sudden nature of the violent attacks and the fact that they stretched from Hamburg to Frankfurt prompted Germany’s justice minister Heiko Maas to speculate in a newspaper that they had been planned or coordinated."
Other European officials have also alleged that the attacks were orchestrated. As The Daily Wire reported, the Helsinki police said that they had information suggesting that the mass sexual assaults by migrants New Year's Eve were planned. Some of the information even led to the detainment of six Iraqi men prior to the attacks. Like the apparent cover-up attempt in Cologne (and in Stockholm), Helsinki officials did not publicly address the crime wave for days, waiting almost a full week to talk to the press.
"There hasn't been this kind of harassment on previous New Year's Eves or other occasions for that matter," said Helsinki deputy police chief Ilkka Koskimaki told AFP. "The suspects were asylum seekers," Koskimaki said of some of those who were arrested.
The events have inflamed the debate over Europe's asylum policies, the pressure leading German Prime Minister Angela Merkel, who has been fighting to keep the "refugees" coming in at their record numbers, to begin toughen her rhetoric.
"Merkel’s popularity has dwindled as she refused to place a limit on the influx of refugees," reports Reuters, her approval numbers in an ARD poll falling almost 20 percent in less than a year. Meanwhile, three quarters of German's now feel that migration is the most important issue in 2016.
Despite the intensifying public pushback, one German minister recently told reporters that though the country took in 1.1 million asylum seekers in 2015, only about 10% of the "refugees" from Syria and Iraq have arrived in Europe, while the number coming from Africa is expected to double.