BONN (Dec. 7)
German disapproval of right-wing violence has risen dramatically following an arson attack last month that killed three Turkish nationals.
Sixty-nine percent of Germans categorically reject the slogan “Foreigners out,” according to an opinion poll published Monday in the weekly Der Spiegel.
That is sharply up from 43 percent who opposed the slogan prior to the Nov. 23 firebombing, which killed a woman and two girls in the northern town of Moelln.
Two right-wing radicals have been charged with murder and arson after confessing to the attack, according to German authorities.
The number of Germans say they understand neo-Nazi sympathies has dipped from 33 to 12 percent.
By the same token, 61 percent support the right of foreigners to asylum in Germany, as compared to only 39 percent before the Moelln killings.
Only 3 percent of Germans believe the extremist right-wing Republican Party is competent to solve the problem of granting asylum to foreigners, as compared with 16 percent earlier.