“To date, in a number of other European countries, as well as in Germany one can observe an increased level of anti-Semitism,” the federal president said in an interview with Augsburger Allgemeinen.

According to Steinmeier, the reason for this lays in the increased level of migrant inflow into the country.

“What we are now seeing is a mixture of traditional anti-Semitism with anti-Semitism in the part of Muslim immigrant groups,” Steinmeier said. “The media often serves as a platform for the spread of hatred and anti-Semitic incitement in society.”

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