Special envoy to CologneHenriette Reker is not just any mayor. One Saturday in October 2015, a man who was shouting against the refugees stuck a knife in her neck because the leader had led a refugee reception in Cologne. The day after the attack, he won the elections in the German consistory by an absolute majority. Once arrested, the man accused Reker of flooding Germany with refugees, as the mayor had promised that he would improve the living conditions of Syrians as winter approached. Many lived in tents and I wanted to avoid it.