A German state governor has won applause from fellow conservatives for demanding a crackdown on “criminal young foreigners.” Immigrant groups and political rivals say he is playing with fire in a debate that reveals the widespread xenophobia obstructing integration in Germany. An assault by two foreign youths on a German pensioner has triggered conservative calls for a crackdown on “criminal young foreigners” and exposed deeply entrenched xenophobia that casts doubt on this country’s ability ever to fully integrate its 15 million inhabitants with an immigrant background. David Crossland reports. The Chairman of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany, K_hler blames Koch for generating Islamophobia with his _agitation”.

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