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BInterior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) has introduced non permanent controls in any respect German borders for the European Football Championship in the summertime. “We will carry out temporary border controls at all German borders during the tournament in order to be able to prevent possible violent criminals from entering the country,” stated Faeser to the “Rheinische Post” (Tuesday).

This is critical as a way to shield the EM in the absolute best means. The focus is on safety towards Islamists and different extremists, towards hooligans and different violent criminals, in addition to the safety of the networks towards cyber assaults. “We are keeping a particular eye on these current threats.”

The European Football Championship begins on June 14th. Germany had usually carried out non permanent border controls when main worldwide occasions occurred within the nation, together with the 2006 Football World Cup. It was solely in mid-February that the Federal Ministry of the Interior prolonged the controls on the land borders with Poland, the Czech Republic and Switzerland till mid-June. The predominant focus is on the combat towards smugglers and irregular migration. In addition to the controls launched in October on the borders with the three neighboring nations, they’ve additionally been in place on the border with Austria since autumn 2015, the place they’re nonetheless restricted till round mid-May.

Police union considers safety authorities to be properly geared up

The police union (GdP) considers the safety authorities to be properly geared up to guard the EM. GDP deputy federal chairman Alexander Poitz advised the “Rheinische Post” that there’s a refined safety idea that ranges from focused entry controls to drone protection. Nevertheless, it shouldn’t be missed that the police not solely have to guard the stadiums, but in addition the quite a few public viewing areas and different locations the place many individuals have been throughout the European Championship. There may be no absolute safety. “But we shouldn’t encourage a terrorist attack either. That would only benefit the terrorists.”

The German safety authorities haven’t modified their evaluation of the Islamist menace to Germany after the devastating terrorist assault on a live performance corridor close to Moscow. A spokesman for the Federal Ministry of the Interior stated this in Berlin on Monday. “This was already high before, as demonstrated by the measures taken by the security authorities against terrorist suspects from the ISPK.” Faeser assumes that the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISPK) group, often called an offshoot of the Islamic State (IS), is chargeable for the assault.

Union requires extra powers for the police

In view of the menace scenario, the Union is looking for extra powers for the police and intelligence companies in Germany. The German safety authorities want related investigative devices as international secret companies within the protection of terrorist assaults, stated the Parliamentary Managing Director of the Union faction, Thorsten Frei, within the “Augsburger Allgemeine” (Tuesday). These included on-line searches or the analysis of video surveillance utilizing facial recognition and synthetic intelligence. This is just not solely vital for countering terrorism, but in addition for the basic combat towards crime.

The CDU home politician Alexander Throm warned: “We have to be prepared for the fact that Islamists have long since identified full football stadiums and public viewing areas as potential attack targets.” The highest degree of vigilance should apply right here, Throm advised the “Stuttgarter Zeitung” and the “Stuttgarter Nachrichten”. “Islamist terrorists are still there, they are well connected and just as fanatical as before.” The horrific assault close to Moscow reveals this hazard.