The city of Cologne, still famous for its scented water, has become, since last New Year's Eve, best known for the depredations and misogyny of a growing population of immigrants from North Africa, the Middle East and elsewhere. The events of that evening, when hundreds of women were assaulted, manhandled, and even raped by thousands of migrant newcomers who could not be restrained by the police, spread across the world in days if not hours.
At first, the police played down the seriousness of the incidents, but by January 10th, the BBC reported
that the number of criminal cases had risen to 516, forty percent of
which were related to sexual assault. According to German police,
"Asylum seekers and illegal migrants from North Africa comprise the
majority of suspects." This has been confirmed by Germany's interior ministry, which has stated that almost all those involved were migrants.