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Reker: from victim of anti-refugee attack to new Cologne mayor

Picture taken on October 18, 2015 shows an election poster of Cologne mayoral candidate Henriette Reker in the Braunsfeld district of CologneOn Saturday Henriette Reker, in charge of running refugee services in Cologne, was stabbed in the neck by an assailant with a far-right background. The attack on the final day of campaigning turned the 58-year-old trained lawyer into Germany’s most prominent victim of a growing backlash against a record influx of refugees. Married to an Australian professional golfer, Reker has for five years run the Department of Social Affairs, Integration and Environment in Cologne, the western city best known for its cathedral, the largest Gothic church in northern Europe.

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