In the wake of sexual assaults reported in Cologne, Germany, on New Year’s Eve — blamed largely on Middle Eastern and North African migrants — much of Europe is abuzz with debate over the problems that accompany mass migration of Eastern people into Western nations.

The streets of Cologne on Saturday hit a fever pitch over the issue, with thousands from opposing ideological spectrums holding angry protests. Some held banners with slogans such as “RAPEfugees not welcome” and “Integrate barbarity?” while counter-protesters maintained their “refugees welcome” mantra.

Demonstrators hold a sign "Rapefugees not welcome - !Stay away!" and a sign with a crossed out mosque as they march in Cologne, Germany, on Saturday Jan. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Juergen Schwarz)

Demonstrators hold a sign “Rapefugees not welcome – !Stay away!” and a sign with a crossed out mosque as they march in Cologne, Germany, on Saturday Jan. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Juergen Schwarz)

Stepping into the fray is New York Times contributing op-ed writer Anna Sauerbrey, who covers Germany and is an editor on the opinion page of the newspaper Der Tagesspiegel. Her most recent piece for the Times — “Germany’s Post-Cologne Hysteria” — offered the following conclusion on the matter:

The real question we should be asking is not whether there is something inherently wrong with the refugees, but whether Germany is doing an effective job of integrating them — and if not, whether something can be done to change that.

Readers were quick to react:

To be fair, Sauerbrey noted that the political left poorly deflected blame for the sexual assaults by calling out organized crime despite lack of evidence. More from her piece:

The left has long ignored the established correlations between crime and the poverty and poor education that plague refugee communities; the right has long overestimated the link between the refugees’ culture and criminal activity, even when studies show no such link exists (excepting so-called crimes of honor, which are extremely rare).

None of this, however, fits into a TV sound bite or a tweet. Even if it did, it would probably fail to reach its audience in the heated atmosphere of the moment.

Others remained unmoved by Sauerbrey’s opinion:

(H/T: Young Conservatives)