So Far, Germany is Reacting to the Attacks With Calm
At least one group in Germany did not seem relieved when Friday’s deadly shooting in Munich turned out to be the work not of jihadi terrorists but of a lone German-Iranian gunman lacking an apparent political motive.
The rightwing populist Alternative for Germany party (AfD) had tried to exploit the carnage. With an eye on forthcoming regional elections, the party held Chancellor Angela Merkel and her migration policy responsible for the “terror in Germany and Europe”.
So far, their message has had little effect. In the aftermath of Munich — in which 10 people died, including the gunman — moderate politicians and citizens alike showed calm and solidarity.
That incident, however, came in the wake of an axe attack by an Afghan refugee on a train in Würzburg on July 18, and it was followed by two incidents on Sunday that both involved Syrian asylum seekers: one who had pledged allegiance to Isis blew himself up outside a music festival in Ansbach, injuring 12 people; and another killed a woman with a machete in Reutlingen, in what police suggest was “a crime of passion”.