Many Germans welcomed with open arms the million, mostly male and Muslim, migrants Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel invited into Germany last September. At train stations, they handed out water bottles to the newcomers, while holding signs stating: "Willkommen!" At first, everything was, as the Germans say, "Friede, Freude, Eierkuchen" ("peace, joy and happiness").
But the good feeling these greeters created, especially among themselves, has somewhat dissipated, primarily due to the increasing number of reported sexual assaults by migrants against women and children. The best known incident was the sexual molestation of hundreds of women in Cologne on New Year's Eve by about 1,000, mostly North African men that included migrants.
The latest such multicultural enriching incident to create similar outrage occurred last Thursday in Kiel, a northern German city in Schleswig-Holstein, a state bordering Denmark. Three teenage girls, aged 15, 16 and 17, were visiting a central shopping mall, the Sophienhof, in "broad daylight" when two young Afghan asylum seekers, aged 19 and 26, began to follow and film them with their cell phones.