New Interview in Dutch

Here is the interview (Dutch only) that Slavenka Drakulić gave to the magazine  De Groene Amsterdammer in Holland, while attending Winternachten international literary festival in The Hague.

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Cologne: the second assault on women

In an Eurozine article Drakulic writes about the incidents in Cologne on New Year’s Eve, when women were attacked by the immigrants. She posits a very interesting question: are women’s rights the perfect excuse to stop immigration? This seems even more absurd when one looks at the statistics: 25 per cent of women in Germany will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. Besides, most women are beaten and raped by someone they know, a man close to home.

The main issue surrounding the ugly events on New Year’s Eve in Cologne soon turned out not to be the assault of women per se, but the fact that perpetrators were, in police parlance, of “Arab and north-African appearance”.

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However, writes Slavenka Drakulic, it may well be that the tears of the women in Cologne that night bring bigger changes to Germany and Europe than anyone could have anticipated, least of all the women themselves.

Read the whole article here.