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"Not our Women" after Cologne - Collidoscope Berlin
Sounding like the crescendo long-awaited by right-wing populists, the attacks on New Year's Eve in Cologne occurred. "Will they treat our women well? Will they know how to speak to and appreciate our women?" a Cologne politician asked on national German public radio in the days following the attacks. It is no slip of the tongue that a possessive article precedes "women". Belonging to a place can quickly devolve into sentiments of ownership, as well as xenophobia.