An Interview with Cologne's Mayor 'I Have Been Subjected to a Ton of Ridicule and Criticism'

In an interview, Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker, 59, discusses the sexual attacks that rocked Germany's fourth-largest city on New Year's Eve and her controversial suggestion that women keep foreign men at arm's length.
Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker: Police "did not fulfill their duty."

Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker: Police "did not fulfill their duty."

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Photo Gallery: Germany's Night of Horror
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Photo Gallery: Germany's Night of Horror

Hundreds of people can be seen here celebrating the New Year on the square located between Cologne's central station and the city's world-famous cathedral. Dozens of women reported they had been attacked or sexually harrassed at the site.

Hundreds of people can be seen here celebrating the New Year on the square located between Cologne's central station and the city's world-famous cathedral. Dozens of women reported they had been attacked or sexually harrassed at the site.

Foto: Markus Boehm/ dpa
The site where then mayoral candidate Henriette Reker was attacked and nearly killed prior to her election two months ago.

The site where then mayoral candidate Henriette Reker was attacked and nearly killed prior to her election two months ago.

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