BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel rebuffed US President Donald Trump’s assertion that migrants were behind a surge in crime in Germany, pointing to statistics that showed crime was in fact down. “My answer is we are seeing a positive development. We must always do more to fight criminiality. But we have encouraging numbers.” Statistics last month showed overall crime fell 9.6 percent last year. A government-sponsored study in January showed violent crime rose about 10 percent in 2015 and 2016, attributing more than 90 percent of the rise to young male asylum seekers.
German crime rate down
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