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How will Germany tackle racially motivated attacks?

Politicians promise a strong response after nine people were killed in a racially motivated attack.

Germany’s leaders are promising a strong response to the latest racially motivated attacks

A gunman killed nine people at two shisha cafes on Wednesday in the city of Hanau. He targeted places popular with the Turkish and Kurdish communities.

The 43-year-old suspect had posted documents with racist and far-right views online.

The interior minister said such attacks are a reminder of what he called the “growing threat of extremism” in Germany.

So, how should the government tackle this problem?

Presenter: Nastasya Tay


Abdassamad El Yazidi – Secretary-general of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany

Hans-Jakob Schindler – Senior director of the Counter Extremism Project

Eviane Leidig – Centre for Research on Extremism at the University of Oslo