via DailyMail: A migrant shelter in Germany was burnt to the ground in a suspected arson attack last night as growing anti-migrant sentiment develops in the country following a large influx of new arrivals.
The building was unfinished and was planned to provide facilities for some of the hundreds of new asylum seekers who have arrived in the country in the last few months.
According to police reports, no one was hurt in the incident in Rossbach, Germany. A group of 58 refugees was supposed to move into the building on 15 January.
Arson attacks on refugee shelters have been commonplace in Germany amid a rise in hate crime as the country tries to cope with the huge swell in the number of migrants this year.
The harsh reality of Europe’s refugee crisis was spelled out in stark numbers and cautionary rhetoric in a report given to EU leaders at their end-of-year summit.
It represented a sobering wake-up call for German Chancellor Angela Merkel after her triumphal showing earlier in the week at a congress of her conservative party.
At that meeting in the southern German city of Karlsruhe, Merkel delivered a passionate defence of her refugee stance and, crucially, pledged to substantially reduce the number of migrants entering Germany.
Her political future probably rests on her ability to deliver on that promise, and to do so in the first few months of 2016, before three state elections take place in mid-March.
Yet at the summit in Brussels, it was abundantly clear how limited her leverage really is.
Although she described a ‘mini-summit’ with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu before the full EU meeting as ‘very good’, the appetite in other European countries for her voluntary programme to resettle migrants from Turkey seems limited.
The majority of EU leaders stayed away from the idea, concerned by its potential impact.
Publicly, German officials have praised Ankara for its apparent readiness to help Europe on the migrants.
Privately they express disappointment with what Turkey has done so far to stem the tide of refugees crossing the Aegean Sea to Greece.