“when In doubt, access”, describes CDU-inner politician Armin Schuster, the current attitude of the German security authorities. This was not always so, says the Chairman of the interior Committee of the Bundestag.

After the Terror in Paris, in Brussels, London, nice and Berlin have also become still more cautious. 12. June 2018 will be taken in the Cologne district of chorweiler, in the direct vicinity of the Federal office for the protection of the Constitution, a 29-year-old Tunisian. Sief Allah should have made in the house in which he and his family lived, highly toxic Ricin. 22. August 2018 special forces in Berlin-Buch arrested a 31-year-old Chechen, after a tip was received from France.

The track to Magomed-Ali C., which is the German already as Islamist threat, the meanwhile, in France, imprisoned Clement B. He hoarded in 2016, together with the Russian citizens in Berlin, explosives and a plot to have prepared. With in cahoots breitscheid is at the time, according to the attorney General Anis Amri, the later bombers from the Berlin Platz. From the bomb attack will do nothing, because the police Magomed-Ali C. on 28. October 2016 pays a home visit to tell him that you have it on the screen.

“In Germany, there was in the last two years, six planned attacks that were prevented by the safety authorities”, says the chief of the Federal criminal police office (BKA), Holger Münch, recently, the “daily mirror”.

Currently, the German security authorities consider that approximately 767 people than Islamist threat – including 33 women and girls. About half of them is currently abroad. More than 150 potential suspects are in custody. As a “threat” referred to the police people you trust a terrorist attack.

they are every year, what provides the security agencies with immense problems. However, their number has increased a little bit slower. This may also be due to the fact that the military defeats of the terrorist militia Islamic state (IS) in some of the jihadists have taken care of for a certain amount of disillusionment.

“The ability of the IS, larger attacks, to prepare and co-ordinate, is due to the territorial losses in Syria and Iraq is not as large as in 2015 and 2016,” says Münch. “On the other hand, attacks by single offenders or small groups, for example, with vehicles, guns, or knives as a serious threat,” and harder to be seen in advance.

disillusionment, there was also in the German Public, when it became clear that the rejected asylum seekers, the question of the authorities is drawn neither from the transport to Tunisia, was deported, even though he was already preparing the beginning of 2016 in close contact with many violent Salafists In the country and abroad, different identities and used several times about his desire to commit an attack. A few times was the threat issue in the Joint counter-terrorism centre of the Federation and the länder (GTAZ). The case revealed the biggest weakness of the GTAZ-construction: Here is a lot of flowing though Know. But like Amri, and in several States as a drug dealer, and a radical Islamist on the road, attacks the principle of shared competence, which ultimately leads to community irresponsibility can cause.

“A closer exchange of information between the police authorities and the protection of the Constitution would be desirable,” says the Journalist Rolf Tophoven, has a lot to do with terrorism. “Often you wish for in the case of terrorist incidents – see anise Amri – a competent Central authority, for example, a hands-on Prosecutor’s office, the tears, the procedures in the run-up to and leads.”

the concept of The “Dear” came to Access least in right-wing extremist Milieu. In the autumn, the Federal government announced the legal profession the arrest of eight suspected members of a group from Saxony, called “Revolution Chemnitz”. You should have attacked foreigners and other attacks on political dissidents planned.

“of Course, a social climate contributes to this. We had experienced the NSU in the 90s. As we are seeing now with the advent of right-wing populist movements like the AfD,” says Benjamin Strasser, Chairman of the FDP in the investigation Committee of the Bundestag on the terrorist attack on the Breitscheidplatz. He notes, “certain things suddenly become speakable, and, of course, radicals feel, and to back up your words.”

Schuster believes, through the AfD, the Identitarian movement, rich citizens, and others have developed a “Sound”, “fire is dangerous”, because the perpetrators of violence may feel encouraged. “If a Mr Gauland, or a woman ryegrass or whoever’s using in the German Bundestag system subversive formulations, such as, for example, “the Chancellor hunt”, “the old parties overcome”, “overcome the System”, then Yes, this is close to an extremist language.” He therefore asked “whether the Höckes of this world are at all aware of how dangerous this is”.

on the other side of the political spectrum has changed with the AfD something. According to experts, their Emergence is facilitated as the new enemy image, the mobilization of the extremist Left. In recent estimates for 2017, the protection of the Constitution of 9000 “violence-oriented left-wing extremists”. Target representatives of the state power or their equipment are common. Of “links to terrorism” is not in the protection of the Constitution report of the speech.

The attorney General, which is suspected to the most serious offences, initiated in 2017 to the date on which the information at the end of November 959 procedures with respect to Islamist terrorism, and six procedures with respect to legal terrorism, as the government’s answer to a request of the left party. Two procedures had a connection to international links to terrorism.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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