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Germany to Launch New Anti-Terrorism Policies after Repeated Attacks

Germany to Launch New Anti-Terrorism Policies after Repeated Attacks

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, presents measures for increased security, in Berlin, Germany, Tursday, Aug. 11, 2016.

De Maiziere also announced plans to speed up the deportation of foreign criminals, saying that there would be no tolerance of foreign offenders who used false identities in order to stay in Germany.

They include stripping dual nationals who fight for extremists groups overseas of their German citizenship and greater use of video surveillance, notably facial recognition systems.

In addition, the proposed law could allow doctors in certain instances to break confidentiality and inform the authorities if their patients confided in them about any planned crimes, Bild reported.

A CDU spokesman said he could not comment on the plan as it was a state initiative.

The link to migrants has put intense pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel over her liberal asylum policies that saw 1.1 million refugees arrive in Germany past year.

He said his agents were investigating hundreds of reports that the so-called Islamic State (IS) group was sending teams into the country disguised as refugees. "That is understandable", de Maiziere told reporters.




Among its supporters are many elected MPs from Angela Merkel's Christian Democrat Party.

He also pointed out that the new measures, which have not been implemented yet, do not target Muslims in Germany, as any response to the threat of terrorism should not be one that induces social rifts and divisions. This was followed by a failed suicide bombing that only killed the bomber in the German town of Ansbach and a machete attack in which a Syrian refugee claimant, suspected of being an ISIS sympathizer, killed a woman and injured four others, in late July.

The burka ban is being proposed in a country that otherwise has few restrictions on the the way people dress.

De Maizere also told reporters he wants to meet with doctors on notifying authorities about potentially risky patients while also upholding the country's confidentiality laws, the BBC reports.

Mr de Maiziere is expected to attract broad support for creating 15,000 more police posts nationwide and for improving police weapons and other equipment to deal with the terror threat.

A ban could require a change to the German constitution, which protects freedom of religious expression.

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