GERMANY FIGHTS BACK: Sweeping new powers for police as crack down on terror begins

Under new measures announced by the Christian Social Union (CSU) party in Bavaria – a partner in Mrs Merkel’s coalition government – police will switch to a policy of “security through strength”.

This will include the rolling out of significant new powers including far greater data retention and a “significant” increase in the maximum period for which personal data can be stored, which currently stands at 10 weeks.

In addition a massive programme of recruitment will get under way immediately with the aim of boosting the region’s number of police officers by 2,000 between 2017 and 2020.