Germans have long had a deeply entrenched aversion to state surveillance but opinion polls now indicate that might be changing. In a number of recent cases of random violence, video surveillance had an important role to play in solving those crimes.
The grieving family of the first victim killed in last year's Berlin Christmas market attack is still waiting for Chancellor Angela Merkel to send her condolences. Frank Hofmann met the truck driver's parents in Poland.
The proposed service would allow border guards and police to simultaneously search multiple systems across the EU to verify identity documents. EU officials hope part of the system will become operational next year.
Sigmar Gabriel has said Germany has a special role in fighting anti-Semitism. While official statistics attribute most such crimes to right-wing extremists, a new study argues anti-Semitism is widespread among refugees.
The left-wing government in Berlin has resisted calls for more CCTV cameras in the wake of the Christmas market attack. But police representatives and even some Social Democratic politicians are turning up the heat.
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