German police warn of racist attacks on pro-refugee politicians

An election campaign poster showing independent candidate Henriette Reker is pictured in front of Cologne's famous Koelner Dom cathedral following the mayoral elections in CologneBy Madeline Chambers BERLIN (Reuters) – German police warned on Thursday of a growing risk of racially motivated attacks on politicians by right-wing radicals angry about an influx of migrants and said crimes directed at refugee shelters were rising dramatically. The warning came five days after the stabbing of Henriette Reker, a mayoral candidate in the western city of Cologne. Germany is struggling to cope with the arrival of an expected 800,000 to 1 million migrants this year, many from war zones in the Middle East, and politicians are openly worrying about a potential rise in right-wing radicalism.

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