FROM Alison Smale
A Culture Clash Threatens European Unity More than 500 complaints of sometimes violent sexual assault have come to light since New Year's Eve in Cologne, Germany. Delayed police reports say women were groped, abused and forced to run a gauntlet. Some of the suspects who have been detained are from North Africa and the Middle East. But police reports were delayed, and that's led to charges of a cover-up on behalf of innocent refugees. Outrage in Germany is growing with potentially dire consequences for innocent refugees — and for one of Europe's historic achievements: Some of the open borders finally established after centuries of warfare are closing again.
Anti-Islam Protests and Counter Protests Rock Germany Despite appeals from Chancellor Angela Merkel, churches and business leaders, thousands of Germans turned out in Berlin, Dresden and other major cities last night to protest what they call "the Islamization of Europe." There were counter-demonstrations as well, as we hear from Alison Smale, Berlin Bureau Chief for the New York Times .
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.