Foreign Minister Steinmeier issued the following statement to the Funke Media Group
I am happy that such a vast majority of people in Germany rejects xenophobia and racism. I see that every day. Our signal is that we are not going to let our country be discredited by those who despise our democracy and try to spread racism using inarticulate scaremongering. After all, our country and its people are firmly rooted in a culture of openness, tolerance and a readiness to help. This will remain so. Whenever refugees in our country are scared, treated with hostility and threatened, we will take a stand against hatred and show democratic backbone, humanity and solidarity. We simply will not tolerate refugees being attacked and refugee shelters set alight.