No More Mr. Nice Guy? Germany’s New Anti-terror Laws

September 12  2016 – Matthias Leese

Responding to recent attacks in Ansbach and Wuerzburg, German CDU Minister for the Interior, Thomas de Maiziere recently tabled a proposal for wide ranging changes to Germany’s security and anti-terror policy. The 16 page proposal calls for increases in police numbers, changes to data protection laws and protocols, new methods of popular surveillance and further changes to the country’s already strict laws on dual citizenship. This week we ask  Matthias Leese, a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Security Studies in the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology whether immigrants are being scapegoated in the CDU’s attempt to get tough on terror.

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