Europe's top human rights watchdog on Thursday voiced concern at mounting racism in Germany, citing a wave of far-right, anti-Islam demonstrations at odds with the more recent image of a country ready to open its doors to hundreds of thousands of refugees.

"There have been worrying developments as regards public manifestations of racism and xenophobia," the Council of Europe's committee on national minorities said in a statement.

"Manifestations of anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiments are... reported to be rising, as well as attacks against asylum seekers," the report said.

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