German ruling coalition agrees on counter-terror measures

April 14, 2016 9:05 am

Police officers patrol inside Tegel airport in Berlin, , March 23, 2016. (Reuters photo)

Germany has unveiled a new package of counter-terror measures amid rising threats of terrorist attacks across .
The leaders of Germany’s ruling coalition parties unveiled the package at a meeting on Wednesday.
The measures include granting more powers to law enforcement to deploy undercover agents, as well as empowering Germany’s intelligence agencies to exchange information with foreign partners under clear conditions, Reuters reported.
The announcement comes as Europe has faced a wave of terror attacks in recent months, including the Brussels bombings in March and the Paris attacks in November 2015, which were both claimed by the Takfir Daesh terrorist group.
In March, German authorities stepped up security measures at airports, train stations, and the country’s borders with Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.
On April 5, Daesh released a video claiming that it may launch more attacks in European countries. The terror group named London, Berlin and Rome as possible targets.
Refugee integration law
During their meeting, Germany’s coalition parties also agreed on the details of a planned integration law for refugees, a coalition source said, without giving further details.

Refugees wait in line for free tea in a makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni, on April 13, 2016. (AFP photo)

The coalition leaders, which include Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, their Bavarian allies and the Social Democrats, plan to pass the integration legislation on May 24.
They are scheduled to hold a conference later on Thursday to give more details on the new counter-terror package, coalition sources said.
Germany, Europe’s top destination for refugees, received around one million asylum seekers last year. Most of the refugees are fleeing conflict-hit zones in the Middle East and Africa.
The unprecedented influx has caused division among the ruling German coalition parties over the best way to tackle the issue.

Border police check IDs at the Danish-German border town of Krusaa, January 4, 2016. (AFP photo)

Europe is facing record refugee arrivals. Many asylum seekers travel from Turkey to Greece by boat. They then transit from Greece through Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, and Slovenia to Austria, with the ultimate goal of reaching Germany and other wealthy Western European states.
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