An East German Problem? Racist Violence in Germany

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The majority of the English-language media outside of India have been notably tentative about accepting the obvious premise that the recent mob attack on eight Indians in the eastern German town of Mügeln was a racist attack. (See the earlier WPR report here.) To the extent they have, however, virtually all have framed the issue of racism and xenophobia in Germany as a specifically “East German problem.” CNN, for example, noted that “since German re-unification in 1990, racist violence has broken out sporadically in the poorer east of the country.” A Reuters report used a similar formula: “Eastern Germany has […]

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