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A Month of Multiculturalism in Germany: January 2019

February 18, 2019  •  Gatestone Institute

January 1. Four teenage migrants — three Afghans and one Iranian — assaulted more than a dozen passersby in Amberg. Twelve people between the ages of 13 and 42 were injured in the attacks; a 17-year-old was hospitalized for a head injury. Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said the four perpetrators cannot be deported for legal reasons:

"Anyone who indiscriminately beats uninvolved passersby shows that he is not seeking protection in our society. The drunken perpetrators can expect no understanding in our country, but only the full hardness of the rule of law. Currently, deportation is not legally possible in any case. We are working hard to change that."

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Germany: Number of Foreign-Born Prison Inmates at Record High

February 13, 2019  •  Gatestone Institute

The proportion of foreign-born inmates in German prisons is now at a record high, according to a new survey of the justice ministries in Germany's 16 federal states. In Berlin and Hamburg, for example, more than 50% of inmates are now from abroad, according to the report, which also revealed a spike in the number of Islamists in the German prison system.

The data, compiled by the newspaper Rheinische Post, shows that the surge of foreign-born inmates began in 2015, when Chancellor Angela Merkel allowed into Germany more than a million mostly unvetted migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

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UK: Landmark First Conviction for Female Genital Mutilation

February 6, 2019  •  Gatestone Institute

In a landmark ruling, a mother-of-three has become the first person in Britain to be found guilty of female genital mutilation (FGM), a practice that has been outlawed in the country for more than three decades.

Under British law, anyone found guilty of performing FGM can be imprisoned for up to 14 years. It has been illegal in Britain since 1985 under the Prohibition of Female Circumcision Act, later amended in the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003.

The UK's Serious Crime Act defines FGM as involving "procedures that include the partial or total removal of the external female genital organs for non-medical reasons."

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A Month of Multiculturalism in Britain: January 2019

February 4, 2019  •  Gatestone Institute

January 1. A 25-year-old Somali man stabbed three people — including a police officer — at Victoria Station in Manchester. BBC producer Sam Clack, who was waiting for a tram when the attack took place, reported: "The guy, his exact words were, he said: 'As long as you keep bombing other countries, this sort of sh*t is going to keep happening.' The suspect also screamed "Allahu Akbar!" ("Allah is the greatest!") as he was bundled into a police van. Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson nevertheless said that officers were "retaining an open mind in relation to the motivation for this attack." The suspect was eventually detained under the Mental Health Act.

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France and Germany: "We Are Committed to the Emergence of a European Army"

January 25, 2019  •  Gatestone Institute

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have signed a new Franco-German friendship treaty aimed at reinvigorating the European Union, which has been buffeted by the European debt crisis, mass migration and Brexit — as well as innumerable conflicting interests and priorities among its 28 member states.

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