German employers' president Ingo Kramer says Germany's image is being damaged by an anti-foreigner movement. Cologne's cathedral says it will turn off its floodlights to counter a protest due next Monday.

Kramer who heads Germany's federal BDA employers' association told the Munich-based magazine Focus on Friday that Germany needed immigration to sustain its job market and social system, given that its population is ageing.

Germany's image as a business location was being damaged, Kramer said, by the impression that foreigners were the targets of Monday evening protests held by the movement PEGIDA in Dresden since last October.

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