The following report sets out the background to the latest violence in Germany. It focuses primarily on violent attacks in the former German Democratic Republic, but some information is included on West Germany as well. The report also attempts to document the failure of the police to respond in an appropriate manner when foreigners' safety is in jeopardy, as well as the government policies that have contributed to the crisis. Violent attacks against foreigners continue with no sign of decreased frequency or intensity. Helsinki Watch will continue to monitor closely anti-foreigner violence in Germany, the government's response. Helsinki Watch plans to issue further reports on this topic.