The Pascha brothel in the city of Cologne has removed from its advertising the flags of two Middle Eastern states (Saudi Arabia and Iran) in response to threats of violence. The flags depicted the list of nations taking part in the World Football Cup that will be held in Germany in June.
First there were telephone threats of violence, then about 30 hooded protesters armed with knives and sticks turned up outside Pascha on Friday, the Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger newspaper reported.
It seems that extremists can issue open threats of violence with no response from the police. Welcome to the new Europe. It may have more than a few similarities to an older Europe.