Who’s offering the most? Who’s got yet another idea for tougher laws and the implementation of even more decisive measures? What caustic judgment is there still to make about the authorities’ sometimes clumsy actions? Three questions, one answer: It’s all already been said, all already been demanded. German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU), is calling for policing to be centralized and wants to abolish the individual states’ domestic intelligence agencies. Sigmar Gabriel, economy minister and head of the CDU’s junior coalition partners, the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), has said he is “in favor of zero tolerance” where violent Salafists are concerned. Winfried Kretschmann. the state premier for Baden-Württemberg’s Green party, deems North African states to be safe countries of origin for sending back refugees. The leader of the Left Party’s parliamentary group, Sahra Wagenknecht, has said that Merkel bears some of the responsibility for the terrorist attack in Berlin, thereby putting herself on the same rhetorical level as the populist right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD). And Christian Lindner, the leader of the business-friendly Free Democrats (FDP), who aren’t currently represented in the Bundestag, has made generalized references to “governmental failure” concerning what… Read full this story
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